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FILE PHOTO - German, British and European Union flags fly in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's remaining member states want a "close and deep" relationship with Britain after its departure from the bloc, but it is for Britain to make proposals as to how it imagines that relationship, a German government spokesman said.

"We want, all the EU-27 want a close and deep relationship with this important partner. It is also clear that the relationship will be different from when it was in the EU," said spokesman Steffen Seibert. "It is important for us for Britain to make concrete its ideas."

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt)

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