German government deputy spokesman Demer revealed on the 28th local time that the government cabinet headed by German Chancellor Merkel “consistently commented positively on the agreement on the future relationship between Britain and Europe” on the same day.
Germany “greenlighted the green light” and will approve the agreement in the European Parliament.
Demer said at the press conference that this major outcome of the British-European trade negotiations cannot be achieved without the unity of the 27 member states of the European Union.
The German government is particularly grateful to Barnier, the EU’s chief representative for negotiations with the United Kingdom, and his team and European Commission President von der Leyen for their great efforts in the process.
German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Kleckner affirmed the importance of the Brexit trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union to the field of food and agriculture on the 28th.
According to her, as the fifth largest exporter of German agricultural products, the export losses caused to Germany without a negotiated Brexit are almost twice as much as the current agreed Brexit, especially cereal products, meat and processed products, and dairy companies will be hit hard.
However, Kleckner admitted that the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which became a “third country”, would change “drastically”.
In her view, although the Brexit trade agreement reached between the two sides avoids high export losses, it will significantly increase administrative expenses, including inspection and customs clearance, which is expected to reach about 10% of the value of goods.
Kleckner warned that, especially at the beginning of the New Year, the border between the UK and the European Union is likely to have some administrative chaos due to the new control measures.
With the agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on the details of the future relationship between Britain and Europe, including trade, on December 24, the four-and-a-half-year Brexit process has come to an end.
The agreement makes arrangements for British and European trade in goods and services, the distribution of fishing rights in British maritime areas, and cooperation between the two sides in transportation, energy, justice and other fields, which still needs the approval of the two parliaments.
It is reported that the British Parliament will vote this week, and the European Parliament will consider the agreement next year.
Until then, EU member states will need to approve the provisional implementation of the agreement from January 1 to the end of February next year.