GERMAN MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel blasted Brussels over its "masochistic" approach to the Brexit negotiations, demanding the EU recognises the UK's exit is as significant as 19 smaller countries leaving all at once.
Speaking to Sky News, the European Conservatives and Reformists MEP claimed the EU will soon realise that by trying to punish the UK in the Brexit negotiations it is punishing itself.
The German politician argued Brussels should acknowledge the importance and the magnitude of Britain in the EU common market and offer the UK "the best possible deal".
Mr Henkel said: “I think very slowly and only very late the Europeans will realise that by trying to punish Britain they punish themselves.
“And that is a sort of masochistic approach of the Brussels bureaucracy.
“Britain is as big as if 19 small and medium-sized countries would leave the European Union at the same time.
“And the best thing the European Union has ever done is the common market and without Britain, the common market will not be as important and as valuable to Germany, for instance, as it was before.
“So I think it is so logical for everybody and for every reasonable person to try to avoid this.
“Either do the best deal for Britain possible and if that’s not possible, avoid it all together.”