Germany to offer UK 'associate membership' in EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

Negotiations can continue for 2 years
20:03, 24 June 2016


After the UK withdrawal from the European Union on the results of the referendum Germany will implement an emergency plan, which provides the status of “associate member of the EU” to Britain. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reports this, citing the eight-page document prepared by the German Finance Ministry.

The newspaper writes that the document entitled "The German strategy regarding the proposed referendum on the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union" was developed in Berlin in advance in case of a possible withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union.

According to the plan, “the constructive talks” will be offered to London, which are expected to be difficult. They will talk about the UK leaving the European Investment Bank, the budgetary rights and obligations. Also, the question arises as to whether the United Kingdom will be able to preside in the EU, as it was planned next year.

Berlin hopes that in 2 years, provided for the UK to leave the EU, the negotiations will be possible to reach an agreement on the status of "associate partner" for London.

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