August 21, 2019 / 11:38 AM / a month ago

Germany readies for possible realities, such as disorderly Brexit

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks next to Steffen Seibert, head of the German Federal Government's Press and Information Office, during a news conference after an extraordinary EU leaders summit to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement in Brussels, Belgium November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is preparing for a no-deal Brexit although Berlin would still prefer an orderly British divorce from the European Union, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday before Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We have always said an orderly British withdrawal from the EU is preferable to a disorderly one but we live with realities and we must prepare for possible realities,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

For that reason, he added, intense activity on many levels was being put into making the necessary preparations on both a European and German level.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Thomas Seythal

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