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.
As the premier attempts to extract concessions in divorce talks, ministers hope to exploit concerns over security and finances in order to split the EU’s united front, according to the official, who did not want to be identified discussing confidential government strategy.
“One of the obvious tactics in any negotiation is to divide…