I was referring to comments such as Hollande's "There must be a threat, there must be a risk, there must be a price". The threats that we must face a painful exit. I just find such rhetoric so unhelpful when the EU has never faced this situation before. It is surely vital that everyone remains adult, sensible and at least attempts to show an understanding of the difficult situation we all now face. The UK has not declared war on the EU, it simply allowed it's people a democratic vote. The result of that vote has rocked not only the UK but obviously Europe and the rest of the world.
For me, the most important thing now is that the negotiations are meticulous in their planning, sensible, and fair. Threats before we reach the negotiating table do not help at all and, in my humble opinion, are childish and spiteful. Equally, speculation from the UK as to what we can expect from the negotiations are also ridiculously unhelpful. The simple fact is that no one knows how this will all unfold. However, In such a crisis I expect world leaders on both sides of the Channel to behave in a respectful, democratic and intelligent manner. Call me stupid but I live in hope ... what else do we have?