However Brussels would crumble if France and European powerhouse Germany decided to leave, Alexander Lambsdorff MEP has said.
The deputy president of the European Parliament said a British exit from the EU following the June 23 referendum was not a “horror scenario” and it would live on whatever happens.
He said: “The EU is imaginable without the UK, but not without Germany or France.
“The UK was not in at the beginning and they are just too peripheral for their membership to be the determining factor.
“It won’t be the end of ‘Project Europe’ as some are describing it.”
However, Mr Lambsdorff admitted encouraging a British exodus was a “mistake”.
He told a German newspaper: “Creating incentives for leaving would be a fundamental mistake.”
The German official’s intervention comes just two days before Britons head to the polls for Thursday’s momentous EU referendum.
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