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Not getting post-Brexit trade deal would be irresponsible, Germany says

FILE PHOTO: German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas speaks to media during the foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium September 21, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made sealing a post-Brexit trade relationship with Britain more urgent than before and failing to get a deal would be irresponsible, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.

Speaking after a meeting European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Maas said the EU wanted to be constructive and was still aiming for a deal.

“With today’s health and economic challenges, people on both sides of the channel have enough to shoulder, so it would be totally irresponsible to burden them in this position with additional problems through a no-deal,” Maas said.

Reporting by Caroline Copley; editing by Thomas Seythal

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