Gabriel Felbermayr wirft der EU vor, dass sie mit ihrer Strategie die Briten beim Brexit in eine Sackgasse manövriert habe.
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(...) “I understand exactly why the U.K. Parliament did not want to sign up to the Withdrawal Agreement,” professor Gabriel Felbermayr, head of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, told Marketplace.
“If I ask myself what would a German parliament do, how would they decide, I think they would have done the same thing,” he said.
Felbermayr believes it was a mistake for the EU to insist on a two-stage deal whereby the U.K. would pay a $50 billion exit fee upfront without a guaranteed free trade agreement with the bloc.
“The U.K. would be giving away its bargaining chips,” he said. “This cannot lead to a successful, mutually beneficial deal.”