'Guy Verhofstadt, one of the most vocal proponents of the European project, has hit out at UK plans to undermine the bloc's autonomy after Brexit.
The strident support of the European Union has complained that the UK was trying to take away the EU's ability to make their own laws.
Speaking at the European Parliament's Environment Committee earlier this week, Mr Verhofstadt warned Britain against meddling in EU laws and standards after Brexit.
Mr Verhofstadt ruled out any chance of creating a new customs union after Brexit on the grounds that this would risk destroying the EU.
However, the tone of his speech appeared remarkably similar to the Leave campaign message during the referendum of 'taking back control'.
He told the committee audience: "There will be consultations with the UK during the transition period, if there are disputes.
"But we will not undermine the capacity and autonomy of the EU27 to decide and apply standards, whether it is financial services or the environment.
"We will not allow this system to be replaced by a bilateral system, where an environmental standard the EU27 decide is then negotiated with the UK.
"If that happens, then we can give up on the EU!"'
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