Christian Lindner, the leader of our German sister party and finance minister in the "traffic light" coalition has invited, in an interview with the BBC, the UK to take "new steps" on post-Brexit trade relations with the European Union (EU).
The interview took place during the discussion on the margins of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's annual meetings in Marrakech and Christian emphasised that the UK had a "standing invitation" on future talks aimed at reducing trade barriers, or "obstacles in daily business life" that had arisen.
"In the daily life of German corporates, there are new obstacles since Brexit... I don't think [the] United Kingdom is benefiting from Brexit," he told BBC News.
"We really appreciate the United Kingdom and its values, its people... and I would really, really appreciate it if we can intensify [the trade relationship] again," he added.
European and British industry has complained about extra red tape - not just for goods exports, but also for worker travel. Christian Lindner's statement reflects strongly the position of the Liberal Democrats - which is to build a stronger, closer relationship with our European partners.
There is due to be a review of the post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement in 2026. However, Mr Lindner's offer suggests that Germany is willing to move more quickly.
(Photo Source: German Federal Ministry of Finance / Photothek)