Desperate Germany wants UK to pay for single market access because Berlin faces £4BN bill

Focus quoted the officials as saying: “Such a future financial contribution should be used to alleviate the financial consequences of Brexit (reduction in EU spending or increase in payments for other member states).”

A Finance Ministry spokesman declined to comment on the Focus report.

Brexit would also put additional strain on German tax and customs officials as there would be new tax liabilities for products and services bought from British companies, the report said.

The report follows Angela Merkel softening her stance on the UK’s Brexit deal.

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