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European Parliament is 'totally ridiculous', says Juncker

The European Parliament is "totally ridiculous", EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a heated outburst in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Mr Juncker was angered by only around 30 MEPs attending a plenary session to discuss the Maltese presidency of the EU.

EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani berated Mr Juncker and asked him to show more respect, adding: "The commission does not control the parliament. It is the parliament that should be controlling the commission."

Mr Juncker responded: "There are only a few members in the parliament to control the commission. You are ridiculous."

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Juncker: No trade deal negotiations while UK still in EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: PA

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the UK cannot negotiate a trade deal with the EU while it remains a member of the bloc.

Speaking in an interview to be aired on German radio on Saturday, Mr Juncker added he doubted the remaining 27 member states would be able to maintain unity following Brexit, and that the UK's departure would cause divisions among the remaining states.

"The other EU 27 don't know it yet, but the Brits know very well how they can tackle this," Juncker told Deutschlandfunk radio.

"They could promise country A this, country B that and country C something else and the end game is that there is not a united European front."

Jean-Claude Juncker in feisty exchange with journalist

A feisty exchange between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and a BBC journalist has signified the tense atmosphere at the EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

Asked about Thursday's dinner with Theresa May and the rest of the EU leaders, an apparently irritated Mr Juncker scoffed before replying: "We had no special event with Theresa May yesterday, she was explaining what her intentions are.

"I will have lunch with her and then we'll see what has to happen."

When pressed by the journalist on what he proposed to discuss with Mrs May, Mr Juncker retorted sternly: "Are you the British prime minister?"

EU leaders have warned that Mrs May faces tough negotiations if she insists on a "hard Brexit".

However, European Council President Donald Tusk has insisted that no formal Brexit talks will be held until Article 50 is invoked.

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