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Britain will be 'competitor at our door' after Brexit, says Angela Merkel

The EU is worried about the tight timetable to strike a trade deal and officials have stressed they will insist that Britain respect European norms to win the agreement.

AFP  |  Brussels 

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

German Chancellor warned Friday that would be an economic "competitor at our door" after it leaves the

Merkel was speaking after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory promising to get Brexit done without further delay.

The EU is worried about the tight timetable to strike a trade deal and officials have stressed they will insist that respect European norms to win the agreement.

"There will be a competitor at our door... that may also encourage us to be quicker in our decisions," the German leader said.

Some Brexit supporters want Johnson to make a low-tax, low-regulation "Singapore on Thames" after leaving the bloc, leading to fears in Brussels of a race to the bottom on labour, environmental and other standards.

First Published: Fri, December 13 2019. 20:00 IST
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