Europe's top Brexit negotiator to address Irish parliament

He gave the comments, which are unlikely to mend fences after a war of words between Brussels and London over Brexit negotiations, at the "State of the Union" conference in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio - an annual event for European dignitaries.

"Slowly but surely English is losing importance in Europe", Juncker said in English, before switching to French and adding: "France has an election and I want to be understood".

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned Friday that the bloc won't discuss a future relationship with Britain until all 27 member states are reassured that EU citizens living in the United Kingdom will be treated "properly and humanely".

European Council President Donald Tusk warned that unrestrained "emotions" could make Brexit talks "impossible" in a veiled swipe at British prime minister Theresa May.

"Nevertheless we can be certain that Brexit will inevitably entail a number of negative consequences", Barnier said.

Juncker's comment comes as Brexit tensions have simmered in recent weeks marked by a war of words in which UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised Juncker she'll be a "bloody hard woman".

May held a press conference outside Downing Street on Wednesday and accused politicians in Brussels of making "threats against Britain" over Brexit talks.

The British Prime Minister said these acts had been deliberately timed to affect the result of the upcoming general election.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Friday morning, Fallon criticized Juncker, saying the whole negotiation process "would certainly be easier if Commission officials kept their views to themselves and not further complicate what is already going to be a tough negotiation".

She fired off her broadside after a leaked account of a "disastrous" dinner with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker appeared in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in which Juncker reportedly said May was in a "different galaxy".

Furthermore, it rules out future UK participation in the single market on a "sector by sector" basis, and says that an EU-UK trade deal would need to include certain components.

With a wry smile, the former prime minister of Luxembourg said: "Despite the successes and despite the growth, our British friends have chose to leave the European Union, which is a tragedy".

May says "there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed, who do not want Britain to prosper".

But he cautioned that it would be extremely complex to reach a deal on the detailed residency, social security, pension, education and other rights of 3.2 million European Union citizens living in Britain and 1.2 million Britons on the continent.

"We are criticised, torn to pieces, but elsewhere in the world we are admired", he said.

Limiting the free movement of people across the bloc was one of the main demands of Brexit campaigners in the United Kingdom, thus restricting the room for the government to offer concessions.

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