Geert Bourgeois, the Flemish Prime Minister recently said:
“There is a growing consensus in EU capitals that it would be fatal mistake to try to ‘punish’ Britain… More and more people now agree that there has to be a ‘soft Brexit.’
“I can’t imagine a situation where we have more barriers on trade in both directions. You [Britain] are our fourth biggest export market. It is in our mutual interest to find a solution, and the majority of the EU now agrees that anything other than a soft Brexit would have a huge cost.
“We will be able to negotiate a trade agreement. It may be sui generis but it can be done.”
He speaks for more and more on the continent, building on what the President of the European parliament said about wanting warm relations with the UK post the vote.