Juncker claimed he is not in a 'revenge mood' and is not hating the British people
With pressure mounting on him to back down on his hard line approach to the Brexit talks, the President of the European Commission started raving about Britain buying a round of 28 beers and then leaving before paying the bill.
The extraordinary outburst at an event with students in his native Luxembourg, came as questions are being asked in the EU over his strategy of delaying trade talks with the UK to eke out more cash from the Theresa May.
The loss of the EU's second biggest contributor is set to leave a black hole worth at least £10 billion a year in its already extravagant budget.
However, Mr Juncker admitted that the nations of Europe should be grateful for what Britain had done "during war after war", but then he added: "Now they have to pay."
Juncker likened the Brexit situation to 'buying a round of beers and leaving before paying the bill'
It is the other way round, the EU needs our money, with no deal we owe nothing
Jacob Rees Mogg
Mr Juncker said: "We had the idea that we would clear all the questions related to the divorce. It is not possible."
On the question of Britain's "divorce bill" – which he previously suggested could come to around £50 billion – Mr Juncker said: "We can't find for the time being a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the UK are concerned.
"As we are not able to do this, we will not be able to say during the European Council in October that now we can move to the second phase of the negotiation, which means the shaping of the Britain/ Europe future."
He went on: "If you are sitting in a bar and ordering 28 beers and then suddenly one of your colleagues is leaving and is not paying, that is not feasible.
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"They have to pay, not in an impossible way – I am not in a revenge mood, I'm not hating the British.
"Europeans have to be grateful for so many things that Britain has brought to Europe, during war after war, before, everywhere and every time. But now they
have to pay."
But Tory MPs were quick to point out that Britain has already been the “second biggest of contributor" of rounds at the EU bar and owes the organisation nothing.
Former Brexit minister David Jones said: “Mr Juncker's interesting bar-room metaphor might have more force if it were not for the fact that Britain has been the second biggest purchaser of rounds for many years.
“We have consistently paid our way and Prime Minister has promised that we will discharge our financial obligations until the end of the current budget period.
“However, Mr Juncker is right to say that Britain has been a good friend to Europe both in wartime and during peace. Europe should now negotiate positively
with UK to settle our current dispute and to agree a new relationship after Brexit.
“At the moment, one of the biggest obstacles to this process appears to be Mr Juncker himself."
Popular Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg Tweeted: “It is the other way round, the EU needs our money, with no deal we owe nothing."