Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I would like to say that the Commission is not negotiating in a hostile mood. We want a deal. Those who don’t want a deal, the no-dealers, they have no friends in the Commission.
“We want a fair deal we would and we will have a fair deal, the no deal is not our working assumption.”
It comes after a furious row erupted between EU Commission chief Mr Juncker and his counterpart in the EU Parliament Antonio Tajani back in July over MEPs’ poor attendance.
The pair tore chunks out of each other whilst the stunned chamber watched on from above.
The jaw-dropping row began when a thunderous looking Mr Juncker rose to give his speech to MEPs marking the end of the Maltese presidency of the European Council.
But instead of delivering the usual platitudes, the chief eurocrat launched into an extraordinary tirade against the number of European parliamentarians present in the chamber.
He said: “Mr President, Prime Minister, members of the European Parliament. I would like to welcome those that have actually taken the trouble to turn out this morning.
“But the fact that there’s about 30 members of parliament present in this debate only really illustrates the fact that parliament is not serious in this. And I’m putting it to you today that if Mr Muscat was Mrs Merkel or Mr Macron it would’ve been a full house.”
In response, a raging Mr Tajani told his counterpart to show some respect to the directly elected institution and insisted that the parliament “should control” the Commission.