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Germany: EU will ‘close ranks’ in last weeks of Brexit talks

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier | Pool photo by Christoph Soeder/AFP via Getty Images

Germany: EU will ‘close ranks’ in last weeks of Brexit talks

‘Nobody should hope that the European Union will quarrel,’ Economy Minister Peter Altmaier says.

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9/3/20, 3:17 PM CET

Updated 9/3/20, 3:33 PM CET

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Thursday called on the EU to rally behind its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and warned the United Kingdom not to bet on the EU to “fall apart.”

“It is important that all of us, including Germany as the holder of the Council presidency, support Michel Barnier and his negotiating team,” Altmaier told trade lawmakers in the European Parliament.

“And so we will be closing ranks in an act of great European solidarity, also in the last weeks, and nobody should hope that the European Union will quarrel about this question, that it will fall apart, that it will not be united.”

Altmaier sought to back the EU’s Brexit team in the final stretch of negotiations, a day after chief negotiator Barnier issued a star

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