Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Brexit News: Merkel under pressure to compromise amid fears of German no deal recession | UK | News

Germany is on high alert for a recession if Britain leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October. German politicians are under growing pressure from economists and businesses to give in to British demands for a Brexit compromise  before the 31st October deadline. Thomas Kielinger, a German reporter from Die Welt, told the BBC that the German parliament could be key in overturning the EU’s hardline stance.

Speaking on BBC Dateline, the German expert said Mrs Merkel is under pressure from her country’s businesses that are “frightened” about a recession.

Recent economic figures show that Europe’s largest economy is on the brink of recession as car manufacturing growth plummets. 

Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, said that lower consumer spending and softer overseas demand has caused the economic downturn.

This has prompted speculation that Germany could be the first to turn on the EU’s hardline stance on refusing to compromise with Britain.

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The BBC host Shaun Ley pointed out that this has been picked up by Brexiteers in the UK.

He said: “DUP politicians in Westminster told my colleague that they think Germany is so frightened of a recession in the eurozone.

“They want to get their arguments in front of German politicians, claiming they are the ones that could finally open this up deadlock.”

Kielinger responded: “It is true, we are concerned.

Suzanne Lynch, from The Irish Times, echoed this, claiming that Ireland was pinning its hope on Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel sticking up by the backstop.

Last week, Mrs Merkel said she was open to “possibilities for compromise” over Brexit during a meeting with Mr Johnson in Berlin.

She said she “would like to hear the proposals” for alternatives to the backstop — the mechanism devised to avoid a hard border between the UK and Ireland.

Mr Johnson has pledged that the UK will leave the EU at the end of October “do or die” – with or without a deal.

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