Brexit may send EU ‘down the drain’ – German vice chancellor – BBC News

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Image caption Germany’s 2nd in command Sigmar Gabriel stated the EU might break down if Brexit was not managed

Germany’s vice-chancellor has actually alerted the future of the EU might be in doubt if the UK’s exit is dealt with terribly.

Sigmar Gabriel stated the EU would go “down the drain” if other states followed Britain’s lead which the UK might not keep the “good traits” about Europe while taking no obligation.

It comes as Theresa May summoned ministers for a conference on Wednesday to go over concepts for the UK’s withdrawal.

Downing Street stated Brexit was “leading” of the prime minister’s program.

But a report in The Sunday Times recommended her cabinet was divided over leaving the single market.

The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum vote on 23 June.

Mr Gabriel, who is likewise economy minister in Germany’s governing union and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy, informed a press conference that as an outcome, the world now concerned Europe as an unsteady continent.

‘Deep problem’

“Brexit is bad however it will not harm us as much financially as some worry – it’s more of a mental issue and it’s a big issue politically,” he stated.

“If we arrange Brexit in the incorrect method, then we’ll remain in deep difficulty, so now we have to ensure that we do not enable Britain to keep the good traits, so to speak, associated to Europe while taking no obligation.”

Mrs Merkel has actually satisfied a variety of European leaders throughout the previous week to prepare the ground for a September top concentrated on the EU’s future post-Brexit.

She has actually stated staying member states should pay attention to each other thoroughly and prevent hurrying into policy choices.

Meanwhile, Mrs May is because of start preparing plans for Brexit on Wednesday, when she hosts cabinet ministers at Chequers, the prime minister’s nation retreat in Buckinghamshire.

BBC political reporter Chris Mason stated Mrs May would hear various responses to the concern “exactly what does Brexit really imply?” from around the cabinet table and in Parliament.

Trade talks

It comes as a brand-new cross-party group called Open Britain was introduced .

In a joint post for the group in the Sunday Times, 3 previous ministers from the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats accept that the totally free motion of individuals can not continue, however they alert versus “bring up the drawbridge.”

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Image caption Mr Gabriel has actually protected himself after making a disrespectful gesture at a group of right-wing protesters

Mr Gabriel likewise stated on Sunday that trade talks in between the EU and the United States had “de facto failed”.

The strategy – referred to as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP – intended to eliminate or lower a large range of barriers to EU-US trade and financial investment.

However, the relocation has actually been questionable in a lot of nations included, coming with a Germany and the UK. Critics state TTIP is driven by industry and would be bad for tasks, customers and the environment.

In 14 rounds of talks, the 2 sides had actually not settled on a single typical chapter from 27 being gone over, Mr Gabriel stated.

“In my viewpoint the settlements with the United States have de facto failed, despite the fact that no one is truly confessing,” stated Mr Gabriel.

‘Don’t send’

He recommended Washington was mad about an offer the EU struck with Canada, since it consisted of components the United States does not wish to see in the TTIP.

“We should not send to the American propositions,” stated Mr Gabriel, who is head of Germany’s centre-left Social Democratic Party, which remains in union with Mrs Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union.

The BBC’s Andrew Walker stated ending the settlements would not be a choice for Mr Gabriel, as he is the leader of centre-left Social Democratic Party, which remains in union with Mrs Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union.

Nonetheless, Mr Gabriel is an essential voice and his view that TTIP has in result failed suggests simply just how much political problem it deals with, our reporter included.

He has actually likewise been required to protect his actions after he snapped the middle finger to a group of right-wing protesters previously this month.

Sigmar Gabriel stated his only error was not utilizing both hands, and informed his critics to consider exactly what they would do if confronted with 12 “young, aggressive, swearing and ready-for-violence Nazis”.

Mr Gabriel had actually been challenged by the hecklers in northern Germany.

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