German economy minister says reversal of the Brexit decision "would be great" with talks due to start on Monday

Rebecca Smith
Britain voted to leave the EU last June and talks to start that process begin next week
Britain voted to leave the EU last June and talks to start that process begin next week (Source: Getty)

Britain opting to reverse its decision to leave the European Union "would be great", according to a German minister.

Brexit talks are set to start on Monday, three months after Article 50 was triggered.

And while German economy minister Brigitte Zypries said it looked unlikely to occur, a U-turn on the position would be welcome.

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"I think it would be great if they were to reverse the Brexit decision," Zypries told Reuters. "However, this scenario appears relatively unrealistic to me."

She added that both sides should go ahead with negotiations starting next week as planned, saying: "This won't be easy, but a compromise is possible."

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Recent research by the Pew Research Centre found that EU citizens' feelings towards the EU has become considerably more positive since the Brexit vote, with the UK also reporting a more favourable view of the bloc.

Some 54 per cent reported a positive opinion of the EU, up 10 per cent on last year.

Most agreed Brexit would be bad for the EU, with 69 per cent of those surveyed saying that would be the case, though they were less sure on the consequences for Britain.

A median of 55 per cent felt it will be negative; in Germany 80 per cent agreed it will be bad for Britain, whereas in Greece just 30 per cent felt it would be.

Read more: Europeans feel much more positive about the EU since the Brexit vote

Talks to start the process of Britain's withdrawal from the bloc begin on Monday, despite the fact Theresa May's talks with the DUP are still ongoing.

She had called the snap election in April to boost the Conservatives' majority but ended up losing it resulting in a hung parliament, so has been in talks with Northern Ireland's DUP to shore up her power.

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