The British Ambassador to Germany has warned that the European Union’s hardline Brexit strategy is forcing the UK into an impossible choice, likening it to choosing between “the plague and cholera.”

Sir Sebastian Wood spoke out as hopes of an amicable settlement faded after European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker used his State of the Union speech today to reject Britain’s proposals over future trading and services.

Sir Sebastian intervened in the debate at a German business event also attended by Joachim Lang, chief executive of the Federation of German Industries.

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