PUBLISHED: 23:27, Sun, Jan 3, 2021 | UPDATED: 23:27, Sun, Jan 3, 2021
Smaller nations in the bloc have said they are already missing the UK's influence in Brussels amid signs that Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron plan to quickly impose their dominance over the bloc. Angry officials raged Ms Merkel has demonstrated she is willing to flex her muscles in Britain's absence by pushing through a trade deal with China as Germany's six month presidency of the EU concludes. The EU and China have agreed an investment deal which the German Chancellor has insisted will provide companies in the bloc with greater access to Chinese market help redress unbalanced economic ties.
But the deal is already quickly threatening to create a huge new rift.
One Brussels diplomat told Politico: “There’s a lot of frustration among smaller countries about the way the Commission has been used to push through one of Merkel’s pet projects at the end of her term and the end of her legacy.
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"The Brits are just out and we’re already missing their open market-oriented approach.
Brexit news: The EU has been mocked after insiders admitted smaller member states are missing the UK (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron pushed through the China trade despite objections from member states (Image: GETTY)
"If Germany weighs in too much, smaller EU countries have nothing to say."
Now Express.co.uk readers have reacted by mocking the EU, with the UK having just fully severed all ties with the bloc.
One person said: "Not our problem - those smaller countries ignored our warnings, sat on their hands when we demanded reforms, went along with the attempted bullying when we exercised our right to leave and they must now deal with the consequences.
"No longer our concern, we'll be looking after ourselves."
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Brexit news: Charles Michel, Angela Merkal and Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)
A second reader wrote: "Isn't it great to be outside looking in and seeing all the squabbles that are starting to emerge.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer