The best outcome of Brexit talks would be to stop Brexit, that was the advice of Germany’s council of economic experts to the Chancellor.
In their annual report the panel recommended that Angela Merkel intervene, saying that Britain’s departure would not only mean an economic loss, but a bigger political loss, adding that it is worth fighting to stop Britain leaving the EU.
Merkel has already said she would respect the British vote to leave the bloc, but has also said EU fundamental freedoms are non-negotiable.
“We must keep the 27 [member states] together and shouldn’t set standards, so that everyone can’t cherry-pick in Europe what they want. This is going to be the challenge,” Merkel said.
The issue of freedom of movement risks becoming a sticking point between the EU and the UK once talks begin.
The High Court in London must decide on Thursday whether or not parliament gets a say on triggering Brexit proceedings.