Germany’s VDMA tells members to prepare for a hard Brexit


The German-based Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) now sees no prospect of an orderly Brexit. Anna Tobin reports

The VDMA represents more than 3,200 member companies in the SME-dominated mechanical and systems engineering industry in Germany and Europe. Following Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons, Thilo Brodtmann, executive director of the VDMA, made this statement: “After the vote in the British House of Commons, there is, unfortunately, no new hope of avoiding the unregulated Brexit. The decision of the British parliament to avoid a hard Brexit is not enough. Rather, the British must now finally put constructive and feasible proposals for a solution on the table. The removal of the backstop from the withdrawal agreement is a pipe dream that will not advance negotiations. The hard Brexit is getting closer every day”.

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