I never thought I would say this but the European Union is behaving like a schoolyard bully towards Britain and Brexit. The buzz word is that the EU will punish Britain for leaving. European leaders I once admired, such as Chancellor Angela Merkel, appear to be obsessed with making Britain pay. Pay for what? Democracy? Like it or not the British people voted to leave the European Union and only the Liberal Democrats have promised a second referendum and they stand about as much chance of winning the general election as Real Mallorca have of playing Champions League football next season.

Britain is not some naughty school pupil who forgot their homework and for once I found myself agreeing with Nigel Farage, who slammed the European Union and accused it of being a bully. European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, should know better. Firstly, he leaked details of his meeting with Theresa May to a German newspaper and even questioned the quality of the food being served at Number 10. Yes, bring out all the old chestnuts, Juncker, but I think you will find the culinary skills of British-based chefs to be second to none.

The antics of some European leaders and the European Union have made me think that perhaps Britain was right to leave the European Union (but only for a few seconds). I think we are seeing a very nasty side to the European Union at the moment. Rather than trying to work with Britain and attempting to show the error of Britain’s referendum result, the European Union and Commission appear to take delight in trying to undermine Britain. My advice, Juncker, would be to stick to affairs closer to home; millions of people are not impressed with the European Union. To try and punish Britain would be a big mistake. Punishment is for those who have done something wrong: a democratically held referendum is not wrong but right.

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E Weldon / Hace over 4 years

Ivan see the UK "Walk Away" and pay nothing if the EU don't stop their "Bully Boy" tactics- we shouldn't need to pay anything as we have paid "Plenty" over the years- The EU need to deter other European nations following in U.K's footsteps! In a divorce All Parties are treated the same so UK is probably due money from EU from assesses that UK help to fund and will still remain in the EU gaining money i.e. EU Parliament Buildings for a start! The present EU is not what we signed up for a Trading Union if EU nations it's becoming Too Big for its Boots!

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Ron / Hace over 4 years

Junker wants to make the UK to pay mega euros to leave. But this won't happen. The UK have paid over millions during 40 years. Infrastucture, properties in Brussels and Strasbourg etc. We want money back - rather than pay. When you join a club - you can leave without penalty.

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f4phixeruk / Hace over 4 years

Are the big EU members getting worried, that their own countries could be next in requesting a referendum to leave. Seem to remember something about Italian and French natives wanting to leave too

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OSN / Hace over 4 years

I don't condone it, but this is/was inevitable. Britain made a decision to serve it's own interests and the EU is working in their interests. If Brexit looks too 'easy' then it might be a tempting proposal for other countries. It is in it's own interests to make leaving the EU look as difficult and painful as possible. This was always going to be the case.

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

The EU,which is not what we joined in 1973,is showing it's true colours and old animosities,which have never gone away,have now risen to the surface with our defiance of the EU. We don't need them and will prosper and succeed despite them

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Julian Simms / Hace over 4 years

Those that laugh last, laugh longest.

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Mike / Hace over 4 years

YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO BULLIES !

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S. / Hace over 4 years

THE EU BULLIES ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN'S EXIT FROM THEIR EXCLUSIVE CONTROLLING CLUB. By punishing GB , they are punishing their own trade with Britain. Their disgraceful FINES and actions, ARE TO SERVE AS A WARNING TO THEIR OTHER COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERS. But I would like to see others leaving, and the complete collapse of EU, and the severe punishment of those BULLIES>

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