Theresa May heads to Germany for Brexit showdown after Merkel tells PM time's running out

Posted on Feb 17 2018 - 3:58am by admin

The German leader urged Theresa May to offer “concrete” plans for what Britain wants from an exit from the bloc. 

Angela Merkel’s spokesman said: “It is important for us for Britain to make concrete its ideas.”

Steffen Seibert, spokesman from the German government, added: “It was important for the government that Great Britain specify their ideas about the future relationship between the EU and the UK. 

“We want things to get close and collaborative. We continue to have a strong interest in this.” 

The meeting follows reports Mrs Merkel mocked Mrs May’s negotiating approach at last month’s World Economic Forum at Davos, complaining every time she asked her want she wanted, the Prime Minister replied: “Make me an offer.”

It will be the first time the two leaders have met since Mrs Merkel finally agreed a coalition deal to form a government, ending months of uncertainty about the future direction of the EU powerhouse.

And Britain plans to seize on the opportunity to speak to the leader of the EU’s economic powerhouse following months of power struggles in Berlin as the PM plots to break the Brexit deadlock and appeal directly to EU member states. 

The pair will meet at the Chancellery in the German capital before she delivers a major security speech in Munich on Saturday.

The Prime Minister will be hoping to use Mrs Merkel’s weakened position and growing EU divisions about the bloc’s Brexit stance to demand better terms for the Brexit transition deal.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg 

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