Political commentator Nina Schick said that when it comes down to loyalty, German car manufacturers will ultimately prefer the preservation of the European Union over a trade deal with Brexit Britain. If this is true, then this is not only dangerous to their profits, but utterly foolish.

If Brussels fails to agree a trade deal with the UK, it would not only damage German car manufacturers, but it would also hinder Belgian chocolate makers and French winemakers. What these car companies also forget is that once Britain has left the trading bloc, it will have the sovereignty to implement and agree its own trade deals with other non-#EU nations.

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Until #Germany has left the EU itself, which is highly doubtful under its current Chancellor, German businesses will not have the freedom to trade with non-EU countries.

The EU is still hugely dependent on British markets

The most important reason why it is so careless of car industrialists to favour political unity over trade is that the EU is still hugely dependent on British markets, whereas the same cannot be said for the UK. This was one of the driving forces behind Vote Leave's campaign during the EU Referendum last year.

The Office for National Statistics confirmed in 2015 that Brussels' share of global GDP shrunk from 30 per cent to 24 per cent in 2013. This is due to non-EU countries growing at a faster pace than Europe.

In 1999-2014, Britain's exports to non-EU countries grew by 6.5 per cent, whereas its exports to the EU grew by 3.6 per cent.

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As a whole, UK exports to Europe declined from 54.8 per cent in 1999 to 44.6 per cent in 2014.

However, the EU sells £70 billion more in goods to the UK than Britain does to Brussels. As a result of this, the UK is running a trade deficit with the trading bloc. This means the British Government truly has the upper hand in ongoing negotiations between the two sides.

German car specialists are right to lobby the European Parliament for a comprehensive free trade deal between both sides. But given Brussels' inadequacy of organising trade deals, they should exert more pressure on the European Parliament to complete it sooner rather than later. It took the trading bloc ten years to agree a final deal with Canada and they have still failed to strike trade agreements with some of the largest economies in the world.

They need to be careful

If German car companies opt for political unity over economics, they need to be careful. The Eurozone crisis is likely to unfold again any time soon in Italy, which will dramatically alter future prospects of European integration. And Brussels is providing stubborn resistance to Britain's demands. They do not care about car manufacturers, so why should the latter be concerned about the EU's survival?

Either way, Britain wins, because it will be free to trade with the rest of the world, and the trading bloc will lose, as it stagnates and finally collapses. #Brexit