Theresa May is adamant she will trigger Article 50 by March 2017 and kick off proceedings to get Britain out of the EU – but opinion on the continent is that the UK will fail.
Labelled the “Brexit doubter crowd” the number of people suggesting the UK will remain a member-state despite the June referendum is growing, reports say.
Conversations about the divorce among politicians and bureaucrats in the Belgian capital now begin with “if Brexit happens,” it is claimed.
And many Europhiles living in the bloc are convinced Britain will stay.
Remainers were given fresh hope when a high court bid beat the Government – and judges ruled the PM must take the referendum result to Parliamentary debate.
The Government appealed and a Supreme Court ruling will be given in January.
Online conversations between French-speaking Belgians reveal that doubt is spreading.
Brussels is considered the de facto capital of the European Union and is tipped to be the base for an EU Army if European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s dream is realised.
On Twitter users are continuing to speak of the break as if it may not come.
One wrote: “Brexit… If it happens it’s Armageddon…”
Another said: “If the brexit does not happen, it is also a good thing, dooooonc good.
One man said: “You get there. If ever Brexit does not take place, it will be the responsibility of Parliament, not judges!”
Europeans are also joining in a hashtag #stopArticle50 showing they want Britain to remain a member state.
During the Brexit campaign it was revealed the EU will have to plug a huge funding gap when the split goes ahead.
But there is a similar rhetoric growing among Remainers in the UK with many convinced Theresa May’s Government will fail to leave the EU.
On Twitter Britons suggested support for breaking from the bloc is declining.
One wrote: “If current trends continue, Brexit will be very short lived, if it happens at all #DroppingLikeFlies”
And foreign nationals living in the country have also aired their doubts.
One said: “Well it’ll be at least a few years. I think I’ll get citizenship and stay for a while, if Brexit actually happens.”
Another said: “UK would still be bound by ECHR if Brexit happens – though Tories are talking of scrapping Human Rights Act too. Nice people.”