It appears the gloves are off after the EU’s deputy negotiator Sabine Weyand appeared to support claims Britain has “precious few allies left”.
A damning article by think tank European Policy Centre claims the approach by the team led by David Davis selected by Prime Minister Theresa May is increasingly damaging Britain’s position.
Ms Weyand appeared to endorse the story and shared a link to the article online with the title “Reality bites: the Brexit negotiations seen from the other side of the Channel by Fabian Zuleeg”.
Author Fabian Zuleeg wrote about the talks and the perception across Europe, saying the steadfast position of the Brits is causing anger in Brussels.
He said a viable deal will be possible “only if the UK is willing to make significant concessions,”
Writing for the European Policy Centre he said: “Even a transition deal will require the UK to accept the EU27’s conditions.
“Some in the UK might argue that under those circumstances, no deal is better, even if it imposes economic and political costs. That is a choice.
“But having the cake and eating it too is not a choice the EU27 will allow.”
The article claims the UK’s approach in the talks has “burned many bridges and there are precious few allies and friends left”.
It went on to say: “The longer this approach prevails, the harder will it be to turn the situation around.”
Mr Zuleeg claimed the EU 27 would not suffer as badly as Britain if the break occurs with no deal in place – despite the billions of pounds of British trade with countries like Germany and Frace.
He said: “A deal, including a transition arrangement, will only be possible if the UK accepts the EU’s red lines while, at least temporarily, breaking the promises made to the UK electorate, as well as accepting a safeguard mechanism to prevent the UK reneging on its commitments, given the lack of constitutional provisions to bind Westminster to any deal.”
Already, France and Germany said they would be willing to cancel Brexit for Britain if the country changes heart – hinting at how valuable the relationship is to them.
It comes as Brexit Secretary David Davis said there is a “moral imperative” to reach a quick deal on the rights of EU nationals in Britain and UK expats on the continent.
An early agreement on citizens’ rights has not been possible as the UK and EU have fundamental disagreements on the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Brussels wants the rights of EU nationals already in the UK to be overseen by…