Germany believes no-deal Brexit ‘highly likely’ – Handelsblatt

Reuters | Aug 15, 2019 at 11:07 AM

BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Germany's government expects Britain to crash out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal in place on their future relations, the Handelsblatt business daily reported on Thursday, citing a finance ministry document.

The daily said the government believes a disorderly Brexit was "highly likely" given demands by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the Irish border backstop, agreed by his predecessor with the EU in November, be dropped from their Withdrawal Agreement.