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German minister: UK deserves special status

By Jack Maidment

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."

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