Estonia denies that UK offer to help with experts is influencing attempt

A high-ranking Estonian official responsible for EU affairs has denied claims alleging that the British offer to provide its experts to help Estonia with the EU presidency in the second half of next year represents an attempt to influence Brexit negotiations.

“The claim made in the Politico article to the effect that Brits are influencing us is a pure invention,” Klen Jäärats, director for European Union Affairs at the Government Office, told BNS.

American political-journalism website Politico reported on Thursday that the UK had launched a behind-the-scenes diplomatic effort to influence EU affairs during the Brexit process by offering to lend officials to Malta and Estonia, two small countries that will hold the bloc’s presidency next year.

The fact that Estonia will be borrowing experts for its presidency from other member states and EU institutins was known long before the Brexit referendum was held, said Jäärats.

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