Sigmar Gabriel: Post-Brexit Britain can be model for Turkey and Ukraine

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The German foreign minister says: ‘We have to think about alternative forms of closer cooperation’ if full EU membership isn’t an option.

The U.K.’s eventual Brexit deal could serve as a model for EU relations with Turkey and Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview published Tuesday.

epa06396772 German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks during a joint media statement with Regional Kurdistan Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (not in picture) prior to their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 18 December 2017. Gabriel and Barzani met for bilateral talks. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

epa06396772 German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks during a joint media statement with Regional Kurdistan Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (not in picture) prior to their meeting in Berlin, Germany, 18 December 2017. Gabriel and Barzani met for bilateral talks. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

Speaking to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Gabriel said: “If we can get a smart deal with Britain that governs relations with Europe after Brexit, it could be a model for other countries: Ukraine and…

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