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Covid-19 Made Post-Brexit Trade Deal with Britain More Urgent, Says Germany

A EU supporter waves a flag in front of parliament in London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain have started in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A EU supporter waves a flag in front of parliament in London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain have started in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Speaking after a meeting European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Maas said the EU wanted to be constructive and was still aiming for a deal.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made sealing a post-Brexit trade relationship with Britain more urgent than before and failing to get a deal would be irresponsible, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.

Speaking after a meeting European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Maas said the EU wanted to be constructive and was still aiming for a deal.

“With today’s health and economic challenges, people on both sides of the channel have enough to shoulder, so it would be totally irresponsible to burden them in this position with additional problems through a no-deal,” Maas said.


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