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Germany: We can't stop UK to exit union

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Staff writer ▼ | August 15, 2013
Germany can do little to stop the United Kingdom from exiting the European Union if it chooses to go, a senior party ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
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United Kingdom European UnionGermany can do little to stop the United Kingdom from exiting the European Union if it chooses to go, a senior party ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said.


While the German government will work for European unity, there's not a single member of the European Unioncan do if another decides it's had enough, said Volker Kauder, the caucus leader in parliament of Merkel's Christian Democratic bloc.

"I think we should do everything so that we stay together in Europe. But if a country really has no more interest in being part of the community, you can't stop them," said Mr. Kauder.

His comments suggest that Germany is coming to terms with the prospect of life in the European Union without the U.K., seven months after Prime Minister David Cameron said that he wants a referendum on British membership by the end of 2017.

Mr. Kauder, who criticized the United Kingdom government in late 2011 for refusing to accept a financial transaction tax, also said that British resistance was one factor preventing a transfer of more sovereignty to Brussels.


 

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