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U.K. to Shower Smallest EU States With Attention Ahead of Brexit

  • Latvia, Estonia, others could split EU unity, says official
  • Former Soviet states offered reassurance over security support

Theresa May’s government is launching a diplomatic charm offensive with former Communist states in central and eastern Europe in a push to win vital allies for Brexit negotiations due to begin in two months.

British ambassadors to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, and Slovakia will be given higher status and additional political and lobbying staff. The prime minister’s team wants to cultivate good relations with like-minded EU states ahead of Brexit talks due to start by March 31, a senior British official said.