Cabinet Committee meets to Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union

It is supposed to be a hard brexite – Prime Minister Theresa Mays said yesterday in her principle speech. However, your announcements will make things easier. Already, because there is more clarity about what Britain wants. The Cabinet Committee, which deals with the Brexit, met today for the first time in Berlin.

Cabinet Committee meets to Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union

Cabinet Committee meets to Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union
British Prime Minister Theresa May has presented her plans to leave the EU. However, negotiations are only taking place when the British have made the withdrawal application under Article 50 of the EU. This should be the case at the end of March. (Dpa-Bildfunk / AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Even the Chancellor remained relatively vague at noon in Berlin when she was asked about Brexit after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The speech of the British Prime Minister now gave a somewhat clearer picture, but the negotiations did not begin until the British officially made the request to leave at the end of March.

We have made a firm commitment to align ourselves very closely here and, of course, we will also do this with our respective economic sectors. The key is that Europe can not be divided, and we will also ensure this through very intensive contacts.

The deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer did not want to say more.

All questions, both the exit arrangements as well as the future relations between the UK and the EU, can only be negotiated after the communication of Great Britain under Article 50. This also applies to the identification of our own interests Article 50 has been notified.

Chancellor personally heads Cabinet meeting to Brexit

In the morning, the Brexit Committee of the Federal Government met for the first time after the Cabinet meeting. Guided by the Chancellor. Her representative is Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, who is still in charge of Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt and Chancellor Peter Altmaier are also on the agenda to deal with the preparations for the UK’s resumption negotiations from the European Union.

In terms of content, however, the Panel had not discussed anything yet, said the deputy government spokesman after the meeting:

“Of course, today’s issue was the preparations for the negotiations to leave, but it was mainly a matter of procedural and organizational questions, and when there is a next Cabinet Committee on this issue, we will announce that there is no specific date.”

Christine Lambrecht, the parliamentary director of the SPD Bundestag parliamentary party, said in the morning in Berlin that the negotiations were ultimately led between Brussels and London,

But, of course, we must also look at the requirements of the Federal Republic as a whole.

Demand for greater cohesion

Green politicians Frithjof Schmidt and Manuel Sarrazin demanded that the federal government should make it clear that it is also an absolute priority for them to keep the remaining 27 EU members together in the negotiations.

Of course it is important to respect this democratic decision, but I still believe it was a serious mistake, said the German CDU-European deputy David McAllister on the radio in Germany.

From the point of view of Mrs May, her positioning is now also consistent, because if you say no to the single market with all four vested benefits, including the free movement of workers, and this is a very important value for us in the EU, Internal market.

Gunther Krichbaum, the chairman of the European parliamentary committee of the Bundestag, told the New Passauer press that Britain was on an economic Harakiri course, but this could also be painful for the German economy, for example for the German auto and mechanical engineering sector Great Britain is an important market.


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