The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel expressed solidarity with the Irish Government during her visit to Dublin on Thursday and urged Great Britain to provide a sustainable plan to prevent a situation when Britain might be “thrown out” of the EU next week, as Guardian reported.
“Angela Merkel has pledged the European Union’s support for averting a hard border on the island of Ireland despite concern this could undermine the single market in the event of a no-deal Brexit,” the news agency reads.
Answering the question of whether they can prevent the creation of a border with Ireland and protect the single market, Merkel said that the EU has to do that.
“We need to be patient and understanding of the predicament that they are in. But of course, any further extension must require and must have a credible and realistic way forward,” the Chancellor said.
She expressed hope that Theresa May can present a proposal till next Wednesday at a special session of the European Council.
“We want to stand together as 27. Until the very last hour – I can say this from the German side – we will do everything in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit,” Merkel said.
Answering a question what would happen next week if Britain does not ratify the agreement of Theresa May with the EU on Brexit, the Chancellor said that she can not answer such speculative questions, and the EU has to respect the debates in Westminster.
“Her visit came amid continued flux in Westminster where the House of Lords debated a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit. It will remain with the Lords until Monday after squeaking through the House of Commons by one vote on Wednesday night. Despite the public expression of solidarity from the EU’s powerhouse, Ireland is coming under mounting pressure from EU members to show how it will avoid a hard border while protecting the integrity of the single market,” the news agency reads.
EU officials stated that on the first day of Breit control over milk and other products of animal origin delivered from Northern Ireland should be imposed. The Irish authorities are concerned that dozens of thousands of enterprises which trade with Great Britain through ports in Dublin and Rosslare are not ready for “no deal” Brexit.
“If these are perishable goods they run the risk of losing that load because they will be turned away,” Lynda Slattery, the Head of the revenue service’s Brexit unit, told RTE.