Mattias Karlsson, the group leader of the Sweden Democrats in the Swedish Parliament, hammered Brussels for refusing to reform the ‘undemocratic’ bloc.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Karlsson suggested it was only a matter of time before the EU crumbled completely.
“I think the European Union is like a zombie, it’s actually dead but still walking. But in the end, it will show that this kind of structure is not sustainable. I think it will fall.”
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Mattias Karlsson lashed out against Brussels as he branded the EU a 'zombie'
Mr Karlsson said Europe needs to cooperate in areas such as trade and security, but the fine print should be agreed between sovereign nations – not unelected officials.
“We need to have close cooperation on many issues in Europe,” he said.
“We have a common interest in fighting organised crime, terrorism, environmental threats and we also have a common interest in trading with each other.
“The rules surrounding that should be made up between the countries and democratically elected governments.”
I think the European Union is like a zombie, it’s actually dead but still walking
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Adding Brussels should respect democracy and honour the will of the British people, Mr Karlsson said: “It’s disgusting actually. I think we need Britain – all the European countries need Britain.
“We are cousins in a cultural sense, we have a lot of common interests and the British people have democratically chosen this path to leave the European Union.
“We should respect that and we should make the negotiations as smooth and friendly as possible. The signals that are now coming from the European Union, the leadership there, are just appalling.
“Threatening Britain and making remarks that are not respectful to the British people, I think it’s just sad.”
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The right-wing politician, who’s party is currently leading in the Swedish opinion polls, said the Sweden Democrats want to secure a good trade deal with Britain once it leaves the bloc.
Mr Karlsson added it was difficult to lay out the specifics, but said cooperation across as many platforms as possible would benefit both nations.
He said: “I want us to cooperate in as many areas as possible.
“It’s hard for me to sit here now and [outline] a deal but we want to have trade deals with Britain, we need the British people and the British people need us.
“We have common interests and I think we could build on those common interests to have a respectful and prosperous relationship as neighbours.”
Quizzed on whether he believed the EU was willing to sacrifice a potential trade deal with the UK to punish Britain for Brexit, Mr Karlsson said he believed a bad deal was a strong possibly.
Mr Karlsson said: “Yes, unfortunately, it looks like that. It just stresses the fact that we have to get rid of the current leadership of the European Union.
“They are unworthy, they are not acting in the interest of European citizens and the respective nations.
“We should not have these kinds of negotiations, it would be much better if every country had negotiations with Britain rather than now being forced to obey the rules and the terms of the European Union.”