The Dutch government has linked its decision to activate what it refers to as a "hard Brexit" plan for customs to "divisions within the British Conservative Party" and a "remaining lack of clarity" from the UK.
A letter seen by Sky News, sent last week from the country's finance ministry, sought to explain to Dutch parliamentarians exactly how many extra customs officers would be required to police new trade barriers at Europe's biggest port in Rotterdam, and Dutch airports.
Cabinet finance minister Menno Snel wrote that 930 would be required in the event of a "no deal" Brexit, which is "conceivable" after "difficult" first-phase negotiations.
There was the recent story that in the corridors of power at Brussels, a hard Brexit was being planned in case talks with the UK collapse, but this is tangible evidence that our fellow Europeans are not too optimistic on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
The Dutch prime minister paid Mrs May a visit today at Downing Street and even greeted her with a triple kiss, but back home he is spending hard money on preparing for a hard brexit by hiring customs officials and police. Should we do the same?