Anders Vistisen, of the Danish People’s Party, hammered Brussels for jeopardising Britain’s special relationship with the rest of Europe with its hard-line stance ahead of exit talks with Theresa May.
The Danish MEP added all the underlying issues which sparked the UK’s departure from the bloc were still looming and Brexit was merely a symptom of a larger issue in the union.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Vistisen said: “It’s like this immature kindergarten at times in the European Parliament.
“They’ve had almost a year to adjust to the situation, that Britain is leaving the European Union but it seems like it’s still week two after the Brexit referendum.
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Anders Vistisen hammered the EU Parliament for acting like children over Brexit
“We hear all these things about Britain cannot have a good deal and we are united against Britain, it’s wrong from one end to the other.
“All the underlying issues that persuaded the British population to leave, are still there.”
Taking a swipe at Brussels leaders, Mr Vistisen added: “We still have problems with freedom of movement, we still have problems with a union that’s not functioning, we still have problems with all these federalist tendencies that exist in the European Union.
“We still have all these underlying issues. Brexit is the symptom, not the illness of the European Union crisis.”
It’s like this immature kindergarten at times in the European Parliament
The Danish MEP also took the EU to task, as he said the only thing the eurocrats would achieve if it tried to slap the UK with a bad deal, is to pave the way for other members to leave.
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He said: “And all this talk about thinking you can discourage other people from leaving by punishing a country which chose to leave, I think will only give a greater resolve to people who already think the European Union is a failed project.
“That sentiment is why I think it is very difficult to take the European Parliament seriously in these negotiations if they don’t get a bit more realistic about their role and a bit more constructive in thinking about how do we shape a good future relationship with Britain.
“We are spending way too much time talking about the Brexit negotiations, they are important but the most important thing is what about the future? How are we shaping a reality where we can still be good friends, neighbours, allies?”
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Mr Vistisen also urged the bloc to see sense and reconsider using Brexit as an excuse to push for a common EU army as he said it would be a “bad signal” to send to Europe’s allies.
He added: “Especially on the security front, I think we are jeopardising a very special relationship with the Britain.
“Britain is the biggest security guarantor in Europe and Britain and America have been the transatlantic link in Nato. All these ideas of a common European army is to a certain extent a very bad reaction to Brexit.”
The Danish MEP said there was a growing concern leaders in Brussels could scupper negotiations with Mrs May to further its own agenda.
“From central Europe to Scandinavia – we like our… good relations with Britain in regards to security,” he said.
“We like our good relations with the Americans so we are very afraid of a European army being pushed in the aftermaths of Brexit.
“I think it would be a very damaging situation when we have a very unstable situation in the middle east, a very aggressive Russia on our frontiers.
“It is a very bad signal to send to our Nato allies, and more importantly our allies in the UK, Canada and US, but also countries such as Norway who are in Nato but outside the EU.”