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Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren has praised Britain for becoming a "beacon of light" to Eurosceptics across the continent.
Mr Lundgren is a member of the right-wing populist party Swedish Democrats which has experienced a surge in the opinion polls ahead of the country's September elections.
The Swedish Democrats have pledged to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the European Union.
Speaking on Sky News ahead of the European Council summit, Mr Lundgren said the EU needs to "back down" from this hostile approach.
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He claimed the EU was mistaken to think of itself as a "big market" and revealed he wanted Sweden to "follow the example of the UK".
The Swedish Democrats are the main rivals to the ruling Social Democratic Party, after the traditional opposition party Moderates.
The party's rise mirrors similar gains for other right-wing populist parties across Europe including Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
Mr Lundgren praised Britain for its brave decision two years ago, adding: "I do want Sweden to leave the EU.
"From the beginning, people said it’s not possible to leave the EU.
"But, as in any club, it’s is possible to leave if you don’t like it anymore. The Brits have now become the beacon of light for us critics of Brussels.

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Lundgren has praised Britain for becoming a "beacon of light" to Eurosceptics
The Brits have now become the beacon of light for us critics of Brussels
Peter Lundgren
"I don’t like my country to be dictated by Brussels, or that my country’s laws are worth less than European laws.
"I would like to follow the example of the UK. Together the UK and Sweden could be very successful.
"I see great opportunity in being outside the union as well."
Mr Lundgren said Britain was sensible to try and secure trade outside the EU, since the EU on its own "is not a very big market".
He added that the UK is a big economy and the EU would be causing self-inflicted pain if they force the UK to crash out without a deal.

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Jimmie Åkesson is the leader of the Swedish Democrats
Swedish MEP also hit out at the EU's tactics, saying: "It is a power game where the EU want to show their power against the Brits, who actually had the nerve to vote themselves out of this operation.
"They have to back down, they need to find a solution that is good for both sides here.
"Let’s face it, at the beginning the union was a trade body that allowed people to travel in an easy way. That is the basic idea we should stick to here.
"It is Britain’s responsibility how they handle their borders and how to deal with the situation.
"When the UK is no longer a member of the EU, it cannot be up to Brussels to dictate what is acceptable to do.
"The EU should stay focused on trade."
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