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Brexit, a Chance to Build Bridges

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Brexit is not an end but a chance to build new bridges and for a fresh start, writes Bilfinger’s chief executive.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Britain is Germany’s third-largest trading partner.
    • Theresa May outlined plans for Britain to withdraw from the E.U. single market, a so-called “hard Brexit,” in a speech on January 17.
    • Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Britain should seek a Swiss-type deal with the European Union in an interview with NZZ newspaper.
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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show
Many hoped to avoid a hard Brexit but now, might it also bring possibilities? Source: Reuters [M]

Global challenges are increasing, whether we’re talking about competition over ideas, opinions or locations. It applies to prosperity, the flow of goods and for peace. And the answer to many of these challenges is the European Union. Europe’s countries are stronger when united.

I believe that strength only comes when people stand together, particularly in this present moment. At the same time, Europe has to keep proving that it offers real added value in meeting the global challenges we face. That’s the only way to strengthen people’s trust in Europe.

The United Kingdom’s referendum was a tough life lesson. Brexit will now come one way or the other. On the path towards it, both sides should recall their strong shared interests.

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