Ulrik Trebesius argued the EU’s trade could benefit from creativity and competition, something a more integrated Europe won’t provide.

While Brexit should be seen as a “threat”, but Britain’s divorce should also be seen as an “opportunity” as well.

Ms Trebesuis, who is part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, was speaking as part of a debate of the future of Europe.

Antonio Costa, the Portuguese prime minister, had just addressed MEPs, urging more integration inside the EU, in order to resolve issues with the bloc’s single currency and outside trade war threat from Donald Trump.

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Brexit is not just a threat, it’s an opportunity

Ulrik Trebesius

However, Ms Trebesuis put across a theory the bloc could actually benefit from Brexit, instead of treating it as a threat.

She said: “I have learnt today we agree that the EU and the euro system are not working very well at the moment.

“While the big coalition of pro-European here are calling for centralisation, joint-coffers and, at the end of the day, an EU superstate, I think that’s the wrong way forward.

“Centralisation damages autonomy and creativity. Europe needs creativity and autonomy, not only in the market for goods, where the players are weighed down by more and more legislation and the increased state industrial planning from Brussels.

“Europe needs competition in the political sphere, that is why Brexit is not just a threat, it’s an opportunity because the Brits are going to have to be creative in order to solve the problems.”

Ms Trebesius points to Switzerland, which is not an EU member but is at the “heart of Europe”.

“It can show our citizens on a daily basis that it is perfectly possible to live well and have good economic results without the EU and without the euro,” she added.

“We’re not sufficiently innovative when it comes to trade in goods, where we have political solutions being papered over by Brussels.

“The so-called pro-Europeans are damaging our continent more than they may think. They are more and more under pressure in some countries.”

Her speech sparked a furious clash with Guy Verhofstadt, with the arch-federalist seemingly being left annoyed by the comments.

Without microphones picking up the altercation, the pair could see seen throwing hand gestures at one another.

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