Some parties are still hopeful when talking about Brexit. “If the UK was to decide to stay a member of the European Union, the Greens will fight against closing the door,” said Terry Reintke, who speaks for the Greens in the European Parliament.

But European big powers like Germany and France believe a soft Brexit could only lead to further chaos.

Once Prime Minister Theresa May officially communicates to the Union Britain’s withdrawal under Article 50 of the EU treaty, it would be impossible to turn back.

EU officials believe the process could be stopped, but only if all the 27 states agreed to that. However, under the current political circumstances, it seems highly unlikely.

“This bus has left. No one is happy about it. But we have moved on and the last thing anyone wants now is to reopen the whole issue,” said one senior EU diplomat.