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Germany's Heiko Maas says hard Brexit 'not yet off the table'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said there was still the risk of a hard Brexit and the European Union must prepare for every outcome in its divorce talks with Britain.

Published: 28th August 2018 01:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2018 01:36 PM   |  A+A-

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Reuters)

By Reuters

BERLIN:  German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said there was still the risk of a hard Brexit and the European Union must prepare for every outcome in its divorce talks with Britain.

"Regrettably, a hard Brexit is not off the table," Maas said in a wide-ranging speech that also touched on trade conflicts with the United States and what he called the growing threat posed by China's state capitalism.

Maas also said EU officials were working on an independent payment system in light of the row with Washington over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and U.S. sanctions that threaten European companies doing business in Iran.

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  • Thomas Taylor

    This Heiko Maas wants to punish the UK for daring to make their own decisions for things that Germany and Brussels should not be handles by individual countries
    1 year ago reply
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