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EU Commission President congratulates Theresa May

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, has offered Theresa May his "warmest congratulations" on becoming prime minister of the UK.

In a note published on Twitter, Juncker wished her success in forming a new government, but mentioned the need to address the "new situation" following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

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Juncker criticises Johnson and Farage for quitting

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Credit: Reuters

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has accused Brexit campaigners Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage of a lack of patriotism in quitting before EU withdrawal negotiations begin.

"Yesterday's shining heroes of Brexit have become the sorrowful heroes of today," Mr Juncker told the European Parliament.

"They are retro-nationalists, not patriots. Patriots don't abandon the ship when the going gets tough. They stay on board."

Mr Juncker maintained that the EU will not negotiate any terms for Britain's departure from the EU until a new prime minister formally triggers the withdrawal process.

Cameron's EU rival Juncker delivers another blow to PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has received another blow in his battle with Europe over immigration rules, this time from the man he attempted - in vain - to deny gaining power in the European Commission.

Incoming EC president Jean-Claude Juncker labelled Cameron's bid to change the rules on freedom of movement in Europe as "irresponsible", echoing the stance of his predecessor José Manuel Barroso.

Cameron will tomorrow meet with the leaders of the other 27 nations in the European Union but is expected to face near complete opposition to his proposals to change one of the union's founding principles.


High fives as PM greets EU Commission chief

The Prime Minister David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker high five as they meet in Brussels. Credit: European Union, 2014.

David Cameron and EU Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker high-fived as they met to discuss the Prime Minister's EU reform agenda in Brussels.

The pair then appeared to get down to business. Credit: European Union, 2014.

Cameron meets new EU Commission President

Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with the incoming President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to discuss his reform agenda.

Cameron to seek top European job for Lord Hill

Prime Minister David Cameron will return to Brussels to try and secure a European Commission post for Britain today.

After failing to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker being installed EU president, Mr Cameron has announced that Lord Hill of Oareford is the UK's nomination to serve in his team.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said the peer would be treated with "very very considerable respect" by EU figures.

Lord Hill of Oareford would be treated with "considerable respect" by EU figures. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

"In terms of the UK portfolio, our view about the importance of economic priorities to us hasn't changed and Lord Hill's nomination is fully consistent with that," the spokesman added.

European Union heads of state and government are set to attend the EU summit tomorrow, after Jean-Claude Juncker was elected head of European Commission.

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