Jean-Claude Juncker went on the offensive during yesterday’s EU press conference, claiming that Britain “underestimates” the Brussels bloc.
Talking tough, the EU chief also mocked the food that Theresa May had on offer during their meeting at Downing Street this week.
In lengthy press conference, the President of the European Commission said discussions over EU citizens’ rights would take “a huge amount of time”.
In an exchange with a Sky News reporter following yesterday’s special Brexit summit, he appeared to criticise British food.
When the reporter said the meeting reportedly went well, he remarked: “Are you talking about the food? You are not, are you?”
Mr Juncker brushed off suggestions that his dinner with Mrs May at Number 10 had gone badly but went on to criticise the food on offer.
He said: “Privately everything went well but we have a problem, the British want to leave the EU and it’s not feasible that it can be done just like that.”
To a laughing audience of journalists, Mr Juncker added the Downing Street meeting was “excellent”, before joking: “I’m not talking about the food.”
But, he took a swipe at Theresa May for her stance during their talks this week at Number 10.
Mr Juncker said: “Every time I was asking questions she told me to be patient and be ambitious.
“The same remarks have to be addressed to the UK.”
He added: “I have the impression sometimes that our British friends underestimate the technical difficulties we have to face.”
In the agreed EU strategy, Britain must settle its divorce bill and reach agreement on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK before negotiations can move to trade talks.
Speaking alongside Mr Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk called on the Government to provide a “serious response” on the issue of EU citizens’ rights.
The strategy also states that the Prime Minister has to reach an agreement on the Irish border and provide clarity over the status of EU law.
Brexit talks are expected to start once the General…