Special status a possibility says German European Affairs Minister

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The UK could retain “special status” with the European Union when it negotiates a post-Brexit deal according to a top German minister.

Michael Roth, Germany’s European Affairs minister, told Reuters that despite claims the UK shouldn’t get a special deal, it may be able to negotiate itself a special status due to its size and long-term membership of the EU.

Although he confirmed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s warning that the UK won’t be able to “cherry-pick” during negotiations, he said he wants the relationship between the EU and an independent UK to be “as close as possible”.

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