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U.K. Braces for an ‘Emotional’ EU Backlash

  • Brexit Secretary plans charm offensive to European capitals
  • Official says Theresa May hasn’t done enough to win EU allies
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Theresa May’s government is increasingly concerned the European Union will seek to punish the U.K. for leaving the bloc, amid claims the prime minister hasn’t done enough to charm her counterparts as she prepares to start Brexit.

Three senior members of May’s administration said that the single biggest obstacle to winning favorable exit terms and a new free-trade deal is an “emotional” backlash from the EU against last June’s vote for Brexit. One said the premier had not worked hard enough to woo EU leaders, warning that her failure to quell European hostility could prove a weakness in the talks. All three asked not be named as the discussions are private.