Germany will accept no deal if UK won’t move on Brexit competition demands, says Merkel

A Brexit deal on future EU-U.K. trade is only possible if it prevents unfair competition, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today, adding that Germany would accept a no-deal outcome if the U.K. does not give ground.

“There is still the chance of an agreement,” Merkel told the Bundestag. “I don’t think we will know tomorrow whether this will succeed or not — at least I can’t promise that — but we are continuing to work,” she added in reference to a dinner between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday evening aimed at providing political impetus to the talks.

Yet Merkel stressed that the EU was also ready to accept a no-deal outcome: “We are also prepared, if there are conditions on the British side that we cannot accept, to go down a path that is without an exit agreement. For one thing is clear: It

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