- Brexit-backing MPs said the German crisis showed the need for a quick deal
- They said Germany had domestic issues to focus on and Brexit should be sorted
- Merkel faces snap polls and even losing power after collapse of coalition talks
Angela Merkel (pictured in Berlin this week) faces the prospect of snap elections after the collapse of coalition talks
Eurocrats have been stalling on the talks in an attempt to make Britain cough up more cash in a ‘divorce’ settlement before starting trade negotiations.
But Tory MPs say that with Mrs Merkel suddenly facing the prospect of a snap election the balance of power has shifted.
Mrs Merkel’s attempt to form a new coalition following September’s elections have collapsed.
Her Christian Democrats won the election but with less than support than four years ago.
She had hoped for a coalition with the Liberals and Greens against the hard right-wing AfD.
Brexit-backing MPs told MailOnline the impasse should provoke Brussels into finding a resolution to the talks to allow its biggest state to focus on its own problems.
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said: ‘The political weakness of the strongest EU state makes our negotiating position stronger.
‘With manifold domestic troubles not just in Germany, member states need a deal more than we do.’
Senior Tory MP Nigel Evans said: ‘We have given concession after concession – we are the ones leading the negotiations and the ones stalling it are Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier.’
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told MailOnline the political problems in Germany could strengthen Britain’s hand
Senior Tory Nigel Evans (left) said the Brexit talks must conclude with both a strong Germany and a strong Britain while Ben Bradley (right), Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said he hoped the political crisis would encourage a quick deal
Mr Evans said Germany had fuelled the problems by holding out for a bigger divorce settlement and prioritising a political settlement over and above economic realities.
He said now Berlin should strike a quick deal to keep open trading links after Brexit, including allowing huge numbers of German cars to continue to be sold easily in the UK.
He added: ‘I don’t glory in Germany’s political crisis. When people point to Theresa May as being weak, if they want to see weak government go to Berlin.
‘I want to see a strong Germany and a strong Britain. Angela Merkel needs to start concentrating on her own domestic agenda and tell Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk to get on with it.’
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley added: ‘Domestic politics are clearly going to be the top of Merkel’s agenda for the time being rhough ironically her challenge is a similar kind of tension to the UK – balancing the need to appeal to both the middle-class left leaners and the typically working-class AfD voters.
‘Let’s hope it gives Mrs Merkel and incentive to get the “divorce deal” part of the Brexit deal sorted ASAP so she can concentrate on things at home.’
Mrs Merkel (pictured leaving the failed talks on Monday) and the Christian Democrats won September’s election but with less than support than four years ago. She had hoped for a coalition with the Liberals and Greens against the hard right-wing AfD.