'Jean-Claude Juncker today said Britain will probably need to delay Brexit again as he rushed to defend Theresa May and blasted anti-EU 'nationalists' who hate the bloc.
The President of the European Commission, who will leave his job this summer, said the Prime Minister is a 'tough person' who he 'likes very much' but is being hounded from office.
He also accused the Tories of putting their coup to remove Mrs May ahead of delivering Brexit - but admitted he was pleased that the deadlock shows 'leaving the European Union is not easy'.
Mr Juncker said: 'What I don't like in the British debate is it seems more important to replace the Prime Minister than to find an agreement among themselves'.
Paying tribute to Mrs May, who has been unable to take Britain out of the EU, he added: 'This is a woman who knows how to do things but she is unable to succeed in doing things. I like her very much; she is a tough person'.
Mr Juncker also said that another delay to Brexit beyond October 31 looks likely because of the deadlock at Westminster.
He said: 'I am getting fed up because we are waiting for the next extension. I hope they will agree among themselves, and they will leave by the end of October think it's their patriotic duty to get an agreement'.
Mr Juncker said he was pleased with how negotiations with Britain had gone because it showed how hard it is to leave.
He said: 'The number of those in favour of the European Union is increasing because people are watching what is happening and they are seeing that leaving the European Union is not as easy as they were told'.
He also told CNN of his dislike for anti-EU groups.
He said: 'These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries. They don't like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away'.
Despite his warm words for Mrs May the pair have not always seen eye-to-eye having clashed during Brexit negotiations.'
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