A prominent Leave MP has claimed the "EU elite" are more concerned with preserving their "European super state" than securing a good deal from Brexit talks.
Peter Bone was speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer after the chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, reportedly told a press conference in Italy Britain "needed to be educated" in relation to the ongoing negotiations.
He is said to have claimed the UK had not recognised the "serious consequences" of withdrawing from the bloc.
The comments add to an atmosphere already fraught with tension, after the EU was accused of blackmail over the proposed 'Brexit bill.'
Bone, the Tory MP for Wellingborough, said these words represented a threat.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It was a threat, to suggest they’re going to educate the British people on what they should be thinking is amazing.
"The simple thing is, it’s really aimed at the other members of the EU because they’re desperate their European super state will collapse when they come out.
"I think they’re much more worried about the institution and its survival than any deal to benefit the EU.
"This isn’t a serious negotiation by the EU to deal with us, it’s an attempt to keep us in by delaying, as is entirely their game and they’re playing it quite well."