Angela Merkel will approve Brexit side agreements, editor predicts

Angela Merkel will ‘cave and agree a series of Brexit side deals to soften the impact of No Deal’, editor of Bild predicts

  • Julian Reichelt, Bild editor, predicted agreements amounting to ‘basically a deal’
  • He said Angela Merkel would continue with the tough rhetoric Germans want
  • But he foresaw a series of side deals despite a formal No Deal Brexit
  • He described it as ‘a classic way of Angela Merkel, not giving in, but giving in’

The UK will exit the EU without a formal deal but with so many side agreements approved by Angela Merkel ‘it’s basically a Brexit deal’, the editor of Germany’s most popular tabloid has predicted.

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild newspaper, told BBC Newsnight the German Chancellor will seek a solution to the Brexit problem that allows her to save face, while still reaching agreements on specific areas of policy.

Mr Reichelt said that despite tough rhetoric on both sides: ‘I would predict that we will end up with something that is still no-deal Brexit, with so many side agreements, that it’s basically a Brexit deal.

‘That is a classic way of Angela Merkel, not giving in, but giving in. You know, saying what everyone wants to hear and doing what most Germans want.’

His comments came after Mrs Merkel appeared to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson 30 days to find a solution to the backstop.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, she said: ‘If one is able to solve this conundrum, if one finds this solution, we said we would probably find it in the next two years to come but we can also maybe find it in the next 30 days to come.

‘Then we are one step further in the right direction and we have to obviously put our all into this.’

Angela Merkel gave Boris Johnson a lifeline on Wednesday, telling the UK a deal could be reach if an alternative were found to the Irish backstop which Boris has insisted cannot be agreed

The pair chatted animatedly over a glass of wine on a balcony before a working dinner

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild newspaper, told BBC Newsnight the German Chancellor will seek a solution to the Brexit problem that allows her to save face

Mr Johnson said he was ‘more than happy’ with the timetable proposed by his German counterpart.

‘I must say I am very glad listening to you tonight Angela to hear that at least the conversations that matter can now properly begin,’ he replied.

‘You have set a very blistering timetable of 30 days – if I understood you correctly, I am more than happy with that.’

On Thursday Mrs Merkel clarified that Britain could have up until October 31 to find an alternative to the backstop.

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