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Brexit chaos: European businesses ‘jumping up and down’ with fury at Macron and Merkel
November 15, 2020
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Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib insisted that French and German businesses were beginning to rage at French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Habib claimed European companies desperately wanted access to the UK market after Brexit. He added that while businesses are frustrated, it will be unlikely for them to pressure both leaders significantly to agree a good trading relationship with the UK.
He insisted this is because both leaders valued political control for the European Union over economic benefit for individual companies.
Mr Habib said: “Businesses are hopping up and down wanting a deal to take place.
“This is because the UK runs a £100billion annual deficit, well we did before the pandemic, with the EU.
“We are effectively one of the largest clients of EU companies in the world.
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“We buy a shed load from them than they do from us.
“So businesses will be very keen to do a deal with us.”
Mr Habib reflected on whether businesses will be able to put significant pressure on their countries’ leaders before time runs out.
He said: “Whether businesses can bring significant pressure to bear on Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as a result of their fears remains to be seen.
“I don’t think they will be able to, I think for them, Macron and Merkel, the political project will ride supreme.
“Remember Angela Merkel is not going to be reelected anyway so she is going to make sure she gets her political way ahead of what German exporters may wish.”
Mr Habib explained what he believed would be best for the UK going forward.
He insisted a no deal Brexit would allow the UK to benefit the most due to the trading imbalances.
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He said: “From my own perspective I think the best deal for the UK is no deal.
“The best deal for the UK is being able to diverge from the European Union.
“But actually we can levy tariffs on EU imports to try and balance out some of the imbalances in our trading relationship.”