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Brexit: German business grouping calls for UK to remain in EU

From BBC - November 20, 2017

A group of influential German business figures have launched a campaign to keep the UK in the European Union.

The alliance, dubbed a New Deal for Britain, includes three ex-presidents of the Federation of German Industry.

One of the three, Heinrich Weiss, said: "With Britain, the EU is losing its most important ally in the fight for competitiveness."

They will lobby European governments to offer more concessions to the UK, in particular on immigration.

'Battle for Britain'

The Federation of German Industry (BDI) is the German equivalent of UK business lobby group the CBI.

The other leading ex-BDI figures are Michael Rogowski and Hans-Olaf Henkel, who is now an MEP.

"We want to launch a Battle for Britain with this initiative, we need a new offer from the EU, this call is addressed to Brussels and also to Berlin," said Mr Henkel.

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