Germany hopes to strike a "clever" post-Brexit trade deal with the UK that could be used as a template for the EU’s future relationships with other non-member states.
Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, said it was time to think up "alternative forms" of cooperation with third countries as it was unlikely that Turkey or Ukraine would be joining the bloc within the next few years.
And in a hint that the EU might be prepared to offer Britain a bespoke arrangement for future trade, he cited a "new, closer form of customs union" with Turkey as one example.
"If we can get a clever deal with Britain that governs relations with Europe after Brexit, that could be a model for other countries:…
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