SCHEMING Eurocrats are hoping to settle their so-called 'Brexit bill' by forcing lucrative British companies to relocate to Europe – and are already drawing up plans to exploit Theresa May's government potentially falling before Christmas.
The latest round of Brussels plotting came as the embattled Prime Minister reeled from a second humiliating cabinet resignation in under a week.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel joined pervy ex-Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon on the scrapheap after secretly holding 12 meetings with Israeli officials under the Foreign Office's nose.
"The worse it gets for the British, the better for us", an EU official told the Daily Telegraph.
"Maybe we could delay it all until, for instance, March, increasing the uncertainty and triggering the contingency plans in the corporate sector.
"Time is not on the British side… the longer the UK waits, the more the pressure will build, the more we shake the tree."
When asked about the progress of the Brexit negotiations by The Times, a European leader sneered "Britain is very weak", before blasting Mrs May for being "weak" and "fragile".
"There is the great difficulty of the leadership in Great Britain, which is more and more fragile.
"Britain is very weak and the weakness of Theresa May makes negotiations very difficult."
The jibes came as the European Parliament warned that "major issues" were holding up a deal on citizens' rights, just days after Mrs May insisted the two sides were withing "touching distance".
MEPs dealt a further blow to negotiations by rejecting British plans let 3.2 million Europeans stay in the country after Brexit – simply because government officials wanted to check their criminal records and charge them a processing fee before signing off on the necessary paperwork.
A seven-page document seen by the Telegraph revealed that EU ambassadors are already "scoping out" options for the next phase of talks – and have vowed to pile the pressure on Britain to force May into signing off on a £53 billion 'divorce bill'.
The revelations came as a gang of high-powered Wall Street bankers threatened to move thousands of jobs from the City after losing faith in Mrs May’s ability to cut a deal.
Executives from Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan complained about the talks to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, during lunch at an exclusive restaurant near Buckingham Palace.
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