EXCLUSIVE: Merkel ally says Brexit is ‘lose-lose’ – but warns EU must NOT punish Britain

Stephan Mayer, the Christian Democrat Union’s home affairs spokesman, insisted Britain’s decision to leave the bloc was a “lose-lose” situations for both parties.

The German said it was in the “common interest” of Brussels and UK for one side not to emerge victorious from the negotiations.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Mayer said: “I am deeply convinced Germany won’t benefit from the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU.

“I think, to be honest, this will be a lose-lose situation for the UK and the rest of the European Union, especially because I have mentioned close ties between our two countries for Germany.”

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