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Germans, Dutch Brace for Hard Brexit as Bulgaria Sees Long Haul

  • Theresa May seen abroad as favoring clean break from the bloc
  • ‘If she wants it, she will have it,’ German CDU’s Fuchs says

Senior politicians in Germany and the Netherlands said U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments on her approach to pulling out of the European Union point to a clean break from the EU’s single market.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said May’s speech to her Conservative Party signaled that the new premier favors a “a pretty harsh Brexit.” Michael Fuchs, a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said that from Germany it “looks like she’s going for a hard Brexit,” and the U.K.’s negotiating position will be weakened as a result.