Germany hints at soft Brexit compromise amid fears Theresa May could be ousted during talks


Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, told the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper: “Perhaps there is now a chance to achieve a so-called soft Brexit.”

It is thought that EU negotiators are keen to make clear that the bloc is willing to compromise during talks.

They are reportedly afraid that a hard line position would lead to increased domestic pressure on Mrs May’s already weakened position and that she could then be ousted during what should be a crucial summer of talks.

One EU negotiatior said that a weak Tory government “increases the risk” of no deal being done and that “we do not want to be the ones making the situation more difficult”.

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