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Brexit pushed exports to UK down 2.5pc last year: Germany

BERLIN (AP) – German exports to the United Kingdom (UK) dropped another 2.5 per cent last year, the first full year of Brexit, following a huge decline in 2020 in the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures released yesterday.

Exports from Germany, which has Europe’s biggest economy, totalled EUR65.4 billion (USD73.1 billion) in 2021, according to preliminary figures from the Federal Statistical Office.

It said that the drop, which followed a 15.3 per cent drop in 2020, was a result of Brexit.

Britain left the European Union’s (EU) single market and customs union on December 31, 2020, 11 months after it had formally left the bloc’s political structures.

Between January and November, the period for which full figures are currently available – German exports to the UK were two per cent lower than a year earlier and imports were off 7.7 per cent, the statistics office said.

The UK was the No 8 destination for exports in that period, down from No 5 in 2020. It dropped from 11th to 13th in the list of sources of imports.


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