Olive branch: Sigmar Gabriel [Image: Reuters].

A senior German minister has suggested Britain should not be treated harshly in Brexit negotiations.

The country’s Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, warned Germany’s own interests would be damaged if the UK was punished too harshly for the vote to leave the EU.

He said: “We should resist the temptation to treat Britain overly harshly, not out of pity, but in our own interest.

“We need Britain, for example, as a partner in security policy, and I’m also convinced that Britain needs us.”

Source: Brexit: German minister warns against harsh treatment of UK

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