Daniel Hannan admitted things would not be “completely smooth” but said both sides acting on their self-interests would mean ensuring “prosperity” for Britain and the European Union.
He said there was a “remarkable proximity” between the stance of the Government and Brussels.
In a video posted to his YouTube channel, he said: “Here’s the great paradox, as the Brexit negotiations get underway, the people in Britain who love the EU the most are by in large the people who are now telling us that it will be nasty.
“Look I totally get it, I can see why there are some bellicose Eurosceptics, some people looking to turn every dot and comma of these talks into a row. I don’t think they’re representative of the 52 per cent but sure, they exist and you might expect that.