Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron could turn on Ursula von der Leyen and the Brussels leadership, according to a leading Conservative peer. Lord Marland revealed that the German chancellor in particular needs to secure a trade deal this year, amid a stalling economy. This conflicts with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen’s dismisal of Boris Johnson’s timetable, and the continued threats coming out of Brussels.
Speaking to RT, Lord Marland said: “Businesses won’t forgive politicians if Brexit isn’t sorted quickly.
“But I think the penny has dropped for European business.
“But, the European government, Brussels, has been obdurate all the way through.
“It will be interesting to see how much pressure they will be put under by the leaders of the countries like Macron and Merkel to speed up what should be a very reasonable trade deal.”
The former cabinet minister said: “If not, it would be a no deal which would be disastrous for both parties but more so for the Europeans.”
When it was pointed out that Brussels was “still threatening” the UK, Lord Marland said that businesses will be key to heaping pressure on European leaders who will then put pressure on Brussels.
He said: “If you look at the German economy, it is not growing. In fact, it is going backwards.
“It is reliant on the German car industry. In the last 12 months, the almost recession state that the economy has been in has been almost entirely due to the motor industry not selling enough cars.
During an interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday, Mr Coveney issued a blistering attack on Boris Johnson’s “unrealistic” trade deal time frame, insisting that the EU will ignore the British Parliament’s to enshrine a deadline in British law.
He described Boris Johnson’s aim to complete talks in just 11 months as “ambitious, if not unrealistic” as the two sides prepare for intensive trade negotiations.
One of the Government’s clause to the Brexit bill ruled out any extension to the transition period beyond the end of the year.
He added that Boris Johnson’s leadership will be deemed a “massive failure” if he is unable to secure a trade deal with the EU by the end of this year.