Harsh diplomats have even called on Donald Tusk to stick the boot in and toughen his stance over Britain’s proposed £50billion divorce bill.
Mr Tusk’s Brexit negotiation plans were backed by EU members yesterday, but some were keen to make the stance firmer, diplomats told Bloomberg.
And there was no move to change Brussels’ plans to give Spain a say in the future of Gibraltar after the UK leaves the bloc, sources said.
EU members are keen to punish Britain
Theresa May triggered Article 50 at the end of March
Harsh diplomats have even called on Donald Tusk to stick the boot in and toughen his stance over Britain’s proposed £50billion divorce bill
Details of their plans to put the squeeze on Britain for leaving emerged when diplomats met for the first time since Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 at the end of March.
Members also discussed the rejection of Theresa May’s proposed simultaneous divorce and trade deal talks to stop Britain falling out of the EU without an agreement after two years.
EU bigwigs – including Mr Tusk and Germany’s Angela Merkel – have advocated a move towards settling Britain’s divorce bill from the bloc before trade talks on any new deal can begin.
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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
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Tusk is under pressure to punish Britain
They hinted the UK would have to wait almost two months before Brexit negotiations begin.
Negotiating guidelines are likely to be approved by the 27 members without the UK when they meet for a summit in Brussels on April 29.
May's request for EU trade talks was rejected
Talks are unlikely to begin between both sides until late May at the earliest.
It comes after a shock index revealed the EU members who want to see Britain hammered by a staggering divorce bill when it finally leaves Brussels.
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.