1. Wide of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at press conference
3. Journalist looking at press release
4. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Finance Minister:
"So now he (George Osborne) has announced (a cut in corporation tax), and we will meet next week at the ECOFIN. There we will surely hear explanations from him about that (the tax cut), at least I hope. But we have no intention in Europe of starting a race to the bottom, this makes no sense."
5. Journalist taking notes
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Finance Minister:
"We are not against tax competition, but we favour public budgets in all member countries being fairly and appropriately financed. That's why the British announcement has no effect on our tax policy considerations."
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Finance Minister:
"Honestly, I have to say I don't fully understand what those who conducted this campaign (to leave the European Union at the UK's referendum) imagined, because now they are all running away from what they caused in droves. That wasn't a very diplomatic comment, but one that came from the depth of my soul."
9. Wide of presser
10. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Finance Minister:
"There are other countries which also have a relationship with the European Union, and with the single market - Norway, Switzerland. But one thing is clear. Membership of the single market means of course to accept the basic freedoms of Europe (European Union). That's what Switzerland had to painfully acknowledge with a referendum, but it carried it out. And furthermore you also have to participate in the funding. If now the supporters of Brexit, who lead this campaign, meant that they had wanted Great Britain to take the status of Switzerland in its relationship with the European Union, you need to put this to those who are still around, those who lead this campaign. I cannot answer this."
Germany's finance minister said on Wednesday that he didn't expect a "race to the bottom" on business taxes after Britain announced plans to cut its corporation tax rate.
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain's move would have little influence on German policy.
British Treasury chief George Osborne said on Monday that he plans to cut UK corporation tax to below 15 percent to encourage investment and ease business concerns after voters chose to leave the European Union.
Some London-based businesses are considering leaving for other European cities to benefit from the large EU common market.
The British pound hit a new 31-year low against the US dollar on Wednesday, as worries reawakened about the economic repercussions of Britain's decision to leave the EU.
Schaeuble also stressed that it's up to Britain to decide what future relationship it wants with the EU.
Departing British Prime Minister David Cameron has left the decision to formally trigger EU exit talks to his successor, who will be elected by members of the governing Conservative Party in September.