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'We'll make the best of Brexit!' British conductor hails opportunity on return from Berlin

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By Chris Campbell

PUBLISHED: 23:02, Wed, Sep 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 23:08, Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Sir Simon, who has spent 15 years in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic, said it was a “thrilling moment” and any difficulties travelling to the UK from Germany could be tackled.

Speaking to presenter Jon Snow on Channel 4 News, the musician said the country was “all in this together”.

Mr Snow put it to him that when he was appointed there was not even a “dream” of an EU referendum.

Sir Simon said: “This is true and we just have to react to how the world is. But this is still a thrilling moment."


Sir Simon Rattle said he would "make the best" of Brexit

We’re all in this together anyway and we will make the best of it that we possibly can

Sir Simon Rattle

Responding to being the LSO’s first “European” conductor, who will live in Berlin and work in London, the musician added: “Of course it will be complicated but musicians are used to dealing with complications, we always have.”

He added he would “like to think” he would have taken the position had the decision come after the Brexit vote and hailed the possibilities.

He said: “Would it have given me pause? Of course. But the fact is we’re all in this together anyway and we will make the best of it that we possibly can.”

Meanwhile, a new study has revealed why Germany will do anything to stop Britain’s hard Brexit from the European Union.

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Brexit is already damaging Germany’s trade with the UK and it is set to get worse, according to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

But new research from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) has now revealed the drastic extent to which Germany could face economic disaster following Brexit.

According to the study, many German manufacturers are dependent on the production of goods abroad – with many partners being based in Britain.

In 2014 alone, the British supplied intermediate goods worth EUR 200 billion to the EU, of which 36 billion went to Germany.

And Brexit would jeopardise or even destroy this close cooperation, or at the very least make it more expensive for Germany to import goods from the UK.

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