British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies.

Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND, reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening.

“Without information from British signals intelligence we would be blind,” a senior member of the Verfassungsschutz, Germany’s internal security agency, told Focus news magazine.

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