A shock index showed the majority of EU member states believe the UK’s withdrawal from Brussels must be costly and that any trade agreements when departing have be worse for Britain than the country’s current deal.France has been named as the nation who wants to punish Britain most of all, with the highest score in the index at 32.5.The result echoes the hardline stance Paris has taken with Britain, with President Francois Hollande recently demanding the UK pays a £50billion divorce bill before Brussels bosses are willing to talk Brexit negotiations.
France has been named as the nation who wants to punish Britain most of all
Economist Intelligence Unit analysts assessed the stance of the remaining 27 member states and generated a score out of 40.Each member state was also placed into three groups including “hard-core”, “hard” and “soft”.Bulgaria and Romania were placed in the “hard-core” section, over concerns about free movement and the budget.
While Angela Merkel’s Germany was also seen as a “hard-core” country over its fears for the future of the EU.
Among Britain’s allies in the “soft” category were Nordic countries Sweden and Denmark who agree with Britain’s grievances over European Union regulation and trade.
GETTY A shock index showed the majority of EU members want to punish the UK
The Baltic states including Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and Poland, who fear Russian aggression, were also ranked in as allies of the UK.Their “soft” stance comes as British troops are stationed on the Polish border in a bid to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin grabbing more Baltic land following his annexation of the Crimea.Members were also ranked on how for and against they were on certain exit factors facing the UK.
All nations were against Britain escaping the clutches of Brussels by paying a low divorce bill.
But the nations most against Britain paying a low charge were Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.All nations were also against Britain ‘cherry picking’ from the four EU freedoms, but Denmark was least bothered.The members staunchly against Britain adhering to just some of the EU principles were Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
EXPRESS This map shows how the EU-27 feels about Britain’s Brexit
GETTY France wants to punish Britain most of all
GETTY Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23
There was some good news for Britain, with a number of nations wanting to keep trade and security ties with Britain, potentially highlighting the EU’s weak spots for negotiations.No countries were totally against low or no trade barriers between the EU and Britain.And nine countries were listed as wanting to keep trade links. They were Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden wanted to sustain defence ties, according to the region.
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