An index showing how each of the 27 remaining EU nations stand on the UK's withdrawal reveals the countries most in favour of maintaining trade ties or introducing low tariff barriers with Britain.
The data, complied by the Economist Intelligence Unit, assessed each countries' position on four key Brexit issues – paying a low exit bill, 'cherry picking' EU freedoms, maintaining trade ties/low tariff barriers and sustaining defence ties.
Each member state was then placed into a league table of those for and against each condition.
On the question of trade ties, nine countries were classified as being in favour of maintaining a close relationship – Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and – crucially – Spain.
Five countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France and Romania – were strongly against cutting Britain a favourable deal.
The EIU's report suggests countries which rely heavily on exporting goods to the UK may be more malleable to relaxing tariffs once Britain leaves the EU.
The UK is the seconds largest export market for Ireland and Poland, the third largest for Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany and fourth largest for Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Luxembourg, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Another potential boost for Britain is the fact the vast majority of EU member states run a trade surplus on goods and services with Britain, and for many countries – including Spain and Germany – this accounts for one per cent or more of that nation's GDP.
This map shows how EU countries stand on low tariff barriers for Britain
Nine countries are in favour of cutting a favourable deal with Britain over EU trade
The report adds: "Significant foreign direct investment in the UK or close links to its banking sector may also provide an incentive for Cyprus, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Greece and Spain to take a softer line on the most contentious issues, although for the founding members, protecting the interests of the EU is likely to be the priority.
“For Germany in particular, protecting the future cohesion and stability of the EU will trump a softly-softly approach on trade or other issues."
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The report also states Spain has already indicated a preference for a similar trade agreement with Britain as the current one, although that will depend on reaching an agreement with Madrid over Gibraltar.
The EU granted Spain the right to veto a Brexit deal over Gibraltar – leading to huge consternation in Whitehall.
Former Conservative leader Lord Howard even seemed to suggest Theresa May would be willing to go to war over the territory as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands Islands in the 1980s.