Let’s take another look at Brexit. But this time, let’s treat it as though we’re looking at a company trying to extract itself from a merger that didn’t work out. In this scenario, the company (the United Kingdom) wants to make sure that lucrative relationships with old partners (European Union members) aren’t destroyed in the process.
We can think of Germany as one of these old partners, exporting goods worth €90 billion to the United Kingdom. Its exports to Germany amount to €40 billion – and that means Germany runs a trade surplus of €50 billion with the U.K. With figures like that, any businessman worth his salt would want to make sure proper trade contracts are signed to ensure that business continues on a stable basis post-Brexit.