The Times: German business leaders push for deal to keep Britain in22 November 2017 | 06:18 | FOCUS News Agency
It is fronted by three former heads of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) and also wants to put pressure on German politicians, who have been among the strongest defenders of EU migration rules.
Angela Merkel helped win some compromises during David Cameron’s renegotiation of terms, such as reduced rates of welfare benefits for EU migrants.
The campaign is also aimed at persuading the UK to change its mind.
“We want the EU to offer the deal David Cameron was looking for,” said Hans-Olaf Henkel, a German MEP with the small Liberal Conservative Reformers party and a former BDI president, suggesting that the EU denied Mr Cameron everything he wanted and contributed to the Brexit vote. “We want to offer Britain the right to stop people who have no jobs entering the country and entering its social welfare system.”
The campaign’s heads are well known in Germany and it shows some senior figures are ready to think outside the box to help the UK. They face an uphill battle to convince any German chancellor to change their minds and alter the EU rules.
Hans-Werner Sinn, one of Germany’s leading economists, added his voice to the campaign group. He said benefits should be paid by citizens’ home nations if they moved to another EU country.
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