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Germany Said to Shut Door on Brexit Back Channels in Blow to May

  • Core message is EU has no pre-Article 50 wiggle room for talks
  • German chancellor holds the line: ‘We’re waiting,’ she says
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is battening down the hatches for the coming Brexit talks, instructing officials to avoid any back-door contacts that could hand the U.K. an advantage.

Merkel’s chancellery is receiving U.K. diplomats but politely refusing to grant the U.K. any favors in advance of the official negotiations, according to two people familiar with the matter. Officials at some ministries have been instructed to shun official contacts with U.K. counterparts that could reveal negotiating positions, another person said.