David McAllister, dubbed “Merkel’s man in Brussels”, warned the UK would be “worse off” once it had left the crumbling club ahead of impending negotiation talks.
The Christian Democratic Union member said Theresa May must be willing to “accept our rules” if she wanted the best possible deal with the EU.
Speaking to BBC Essex on Wednesday, he said: “Whatever the future relationship with the UK and EU might be, it will be under the terms and conditions that must fall short of full membership.
German MEP David McAlliser warned Britain to expect a bad deal post-Brexit
You can’t be better off outside the EU than inside the EU
David McAllister, MEP
“You can’t be better off outside the EU than inside the EU – now we’ve just got to wait and see what the British Government is asking for.”
The politician said the basis of any deal would come at a cost to keeping the EU’s rules.
“I believe in the end, a new relationship with the UK and the EU will be a free-trade agreement but we can’t talk about the content at the moment because it will depend if the UK is ready to follow our rules and share our values,” he said.
The German MEP has been dubbed 'Merkel's man in Brussels'
Mr McAllister, son of a Scottish solider has been touted as Germany’s chancellor-in-waiting, ready to take over from Angela Merkel.
He previously described Britain’s historic decision to vote to leave the EU on June 23 last year as an “awful mistake”.
Although he said he accepted the result, he insisted it was not in the best interests of Britain.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
Mr McAllister is the son of a Scottish soldier and called Brexit an
“As a democrat, I have to respect the decision by a narrow majority in the UK. I deeply regret the decision and think it’s an awful mistake," he said.
“I was really heartbroken when I heard the result. It is such a sad thing to see the UK leave our family of nations.”
Official talks with the bloc will get under way once Theresa May triggers Article 50 – the formal process of leaving the EU.
The changing face of Angela Merkel
Mon, November 21, 2016
Express Pictures looks back on German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and her ever changing face.
1 of 15
The prime minister has vowed to begin her negotiations no later than the end of March.
On Tuesday, Brexit Secretary David Davis said he was "confident" the Government was on track to meet the self-imposed deadline, despite a legislative bill still needing to be approved by the House of Lords.