German minister: UK deserves special status
The size of the United Kingdom and its long-standing membership of the European Union mean it could secure "special status" when it seeks to strike its post-Brexit deal with the trading bloc, according to one German minister.
What the UK's relationship with the EU could look like after a Leave vote was debated at length during the referendum campaign.
Many people suggested the UK could follow the so-called Norwegian model, with Norway in the European Economic Area but not a member of the EU.
However, Michael Roth, Germany's European Affairs Minister, told Reuters it was possible that the UK could be given its own unique deal.
He said: "Given Britain's size, significance and its long membership of the European Union, there will probably be a special status."