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    BERLIN, January 7 (Sputnik) - UK citizens staying in Germany will not be obliged to immediately leave Germany in case of a no-deal Brexit, Soren Schmidt, the spokesman for the German Interior Ministry, said on Monday.

    "In case of an uncoordinated withdrawal [from the European Union] not a single [UK] citizen will be obliged to immediately leave Germany", Schmidt stated.

    He specified that in case of a no-deal Brexit, UK citizens would lose their status of EU citizens and would therefore need a residence permit for long-term staying in Germany. They will be given three months to receive this permit.

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    Berlin also vowed to cooperate with London and maintain air communication the countries in case of a no-deal Brexit.

    "The German government is interested in a very close partnership with the United Kingdom on-air communication and is cooperating actively with it", the representative of the German Transport Ministry said at a briefing.

    While Great Britain is set to withdraw from the European Union by late March, a no-deal Brexit remains highly possible due to disagreements on the final Brexit deal between the UK government and the parliament.

    The PM needs 318 votes to get a deal through the Parliament. However, 117 of 317 Conservative lawmakers voted against her in a confidence vote on 12 December, protesting against her stance in the negotiations with Brussels.


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