Brexit: EU head trolls United Kingdom, says English 'losing importance in Europe'

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Mr Juncker said he hesitated between the two languages- but opted for French

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Mr Juncker said he hesitated between the two languages- but opted for French

European Union leaders have warned Theresa May that Brexit talks could become "impossible" if she lets her "emotions get out of hand" after she launched an astonishing attack accusing Brussels of interfering in the general election.

FLORENCE, Italy European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at Britain on Friday, saying he would not give a speech in English because the language was becoming less significant following Brexit."Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe", Juncker told a conference in Florence before switching into French and drawing applause from his audience of EU officials, local leaders and Italian students.Juncker, who hails from Luxembourg, speaks several European languages fluently and regularly uses English at worldwide gatherings.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week warned Britain not to have "illusions" about its Brexit deal.

The British Prime Minister protested earlier this week against leaks from Brussels that she claimed were timed to influence the general election.

But Tusk's plea appeared to have fallen on deaf ears on Friday when Juncker pointedly made a speech in French because "slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe".

"Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press", she said.

The head of the EU's executive Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed regret that details of his private dinner with May last week had made the news.

The prime minister says she offers the most stable leadership to take Britain through two years of tough Brexit negotiations, and she took aim at Brussels on the eve of the local elections.

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She continued: "Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. If she decides to restart her professional life in the United Kingdom, will she still be able to require that her social security rights obtained in Spain are taken into account by the United Kingdom".

The UK Independence Party, the right-wing anti-EU party that has hived off support from the Tories over the past decade, saw its vote collapse, losing every council seat it had defended in the results that had declared by Friday lunchtime.

"We must keep in mind that in order to succeed we need today discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of good will".

Juncker and other European Union officials have been engaged in a war of words with British leaders this week ahead of the looming Brexit negotiations.

He said it would not be possible to discuss Europe's future relationship with Britain unless the 27 remaining member states were reassured that "all citizens" will be treated properly and humanely.

"We have too much to do on our plate".

Juncker, reportedly, told May during a recent dinner party that the Brexit negotiations will not start until London pays the "divorce bill".

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