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May's EU friends and potential frenemies

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iends. Theresa May's Brexit Euro tour has taken her to Germany, France, and Italy to make sure Britain still has them.>> Germany will remain a vital partner and a special friend for us. And I wanted to come to Rome today to underline Britain's commitment to this relationship.
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>> But Thursday in Slovakia, seeming a bit stilted and cooler, not helped by the live translation. May promising to curtail freedom of movement to the UK, but Slovakia wants reassurances on the future of its diaspora in Britain. Expect a similar stance in Poland on Thursday and potential standoff.
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But trickier meet and greets could still lie ahead. Reuters European Political and Economics Editor Mark John says Spain poses some unique pitfalls.>> Madrid has already said very strongly that it would be against any form of concession given to Scotland. For the simple reason is that the Catalonians would then be minded to take that on board and push for similar concessions.
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>> There's Scotland's Independence Movement and then the disputed British territory of Gibraltar. Spain's foreign minister is on record saying Brexit presents an opportunity to discuss co-sovereignty. But the unique Spanish-British expat situation also presents a dilemma. British pensioners calling Spain home, and increasing number of young Spaniards seeking jobs in the UK.
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>> Madrid will make that, I think, a point of principle to push for freedom of movement to be maintained in some way, shape, or form after Brexit. Again, this is an important point for Madrid because it's a matter of economic interest.>> By the models that already exist.
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>> May's tour of EU States is a chance to reintroduce herself as Britain's Brexit PM. But it's also raising the scope of the negotiations at hand and the likely complexities of reaching just one deal with 27 other nations.