Brexit EU Politics Brexit Negotiations: Britain’s sternest enemies Posted on June 3, 2017 2 min read Comments Off on Brexit Negotiations: Britain’s sternest enemies 0 118 Brexit Negotiations: Britain’s sternest enemies Tue, April 4, 2017 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. France has the highest score in the index at 32.5 Bulgaria is concerned about both free movement and the budget. Angela Merkel opposes access to the single market without freedom of movement. Austria: The Austrian chancellor said Britain must not have a better deal than members. Belgium: Guy Verhofstadt said: ‘The only winners from a Brexit would be Nigel Farage and Vladimir Putin, who would relish a divided Europe. Romania: Klaus Werner Iohannis will defend the rights of 400,000 Romanians in Britain. Slovenia: President Andrej Kiska will preside over Brexit negotiations. She said countries like Germany or Ireland, who have previously expressed an interest in attracting UK-based services after Brexit, actually benefited from the current situation.Mrs May said: “We hear those voices raised from other EU member states who think they might have an opportunity to encourage the development of their financial services, of certain parts of the EU becoming the sort of financial centre that London is.