Speaking in Berlin, Dr Joachim Pfeiffer said he hoped  border controls and customs checkpoints could be avoided, but this would require major concession by London. Photograph: Maxwells

Promises by the United Kingdom that a hard Border on the island of Ireland will not be needed after Brexit happens are “illusory”, a top ally of Chan(...)

“Dr Merkel doesn’t have to wave a big stick. German unity between business and politics is based on the realisation…that the integrity of the internal market is even more important than the important relationship to our third largest market, the United Kingdom”

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