The majority of EU states believe the UK should be punished for its decision to leave and, in turn, say the exit deal must be costly.
Belgium has been ranked as the nation which does not want to see Britain get away with a small divorce bill most of all.
The majority of EU states believe the UK should be punished for its decision to leave
Mapped EU27 stance on Britain paying low exit bills
This was rebuked by Brexit Secretary David Davis who said Britain would not be paying anything near the figure bandied around in Brussels.
Economist Intelligence Unit analysts assessed the stance of the remaining 27 member states and found all of them 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.
Each member state was also placed into three groups including “hard-core”, “hard” and “soft”.
While the analysts also noted Eastern European countries would want to see Britain stump up a huge divorce bill because they are in receipt of EU development funds.
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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
The report said: “They said particularly those in receipt of EU development funds (of which Poland is the largest recipient), can be expected to resist an attempt by the UK to reduce its Brexit bill by cutting its aid commitments.
“Net contributors to the budget (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Finland) are also likely to take an uncompromising stance in talks on the Brexit bill because they face the prospect of shouldering a greater share of future liabilities.”
Among Britain’s allies in the “soft category” were Malta, Luxembourg, Iceland and Cyprus.