The Government are set to trigger Article 50 on March 29 and begin the formal process of exiting Britain from the European Union.
Italian politician Antonio Tajani, who was elected as European Parliament president in January suggested it was in Britain’s interest to secure a trade deal with the EU.
The politician however reiterated that the Brexit divorce bill, which is believed to be in the region on £50billion, must be agreed first.
Speaking to Euronews, he said: “There is only one strategy: responding to the people. Providing answers.
“Resolving the problems of unemployment, immigration and terrorism, and resolving the issue of Brexit.
Antonio Tajani suggested a bad Brexit deal would be worse for the UK
“The first thing to do is settle the divorce. After the divorce we will decide how to manage the relationship between the EU and the UK.”
The European Parliament president rejected suggestions that the Union would suffer more than the UK if negotiations broke down when attempting to complete a trade agreement.
He added: “I think it would be worse for them and that it is important not to get angry when statements are made.
“The British are perfectly capable of reaching agreements, so we have to remain cautious, and defend our interests, but without ever forgetting that, after the divorce, Great Britain will continue to be represented in the EU.
I think it would be worse for them and that it is important not to get angry when statements are made
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“The UK is leaving the European Union, but remains a European country.”
The European Parliament president continued as he discussed the the impact of Brexit for the European Union.
He said: “For the first time, a country is asking to leave the Union.
“We will all have to work together: it is not the right time for conflict between the European institutions.
“The Parliament, over which I have the honour of presiding, the European Commission, the Council, and member states must all work together for our citizens.
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Much of the North East of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union including Sunderland, Gateshead, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside, and Northumberland
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“Our only purpose should be to provide answers to our fellow citizens. That’s our goal.”
Mr Tajani finished by talking about the rise of populism across Europe suggesting that people vote for the populist parties to send a message to politicians.
He said: “We have to understand why citizens vote for these parties. If there is unease, obviously they will want to send a message to politicians, to the other parties.
“That is why it is important to focus on the problems, and not on the populist parties. You saw that in the Netherlands they did not win. Why? Because the Prime Minister gave the people some concrete answers.”