A shock index showed the majority of EU members want to punish the UK
A shock index has 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.
This map shows how the EU-27 feels about Britain's Brexit
France has been named as the nation who wants to punish Britain most of all
Economist Intelligence Unit analysts assessed the stance of each country in the 27-member bloc 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.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
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.
The Baltic states including Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and Poland, who fear Russian aggression, were also ranked in as allies of the UK.
Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23
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.