Brexiters’ hopes that re-elected German chancellor would back favourable deal for UK at a cost to the single market may be misplaced

Germany’s federal elections, whatever coalition Angela Merkel forms after the victory of her CDU party, are unlikely to make much difference either to Brexit or, ultimately, the European project.

Analysts and commentators say Brexit campaigners’ hopes that with the vote behind her, Merkel – especially if her government included the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) – would back a favourable deal for the UK were always misplaced.

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