EU leaders with David Cameron fifth from right. Photograph: John Thys/ AFP/ Getty Images
Juncker also urged Britains politicians to open up exit negotiations as soon as possible. I would like our British friends to tell us what they want so we can get on with it, he told a packed conference of MEPs in the European parliament in Brussels.
He underlined the mood of annoyance, hitting back at Britains legislators for blaming Brussels day after day, starting in the morning and finishing in the evening, and, telling your people that Brussels is under the command of European bureaucrats and technocrats you should not be surprised when they believe you.
EU diplomats reacted with scorn and rage to the idea that the EU had not done enough to help Cameron win the referendum. The referendum was called by David Cameron, it was decided on his words, he lost it on his terms. Dont blame anyone else for your own failures, said one.
Juncker also criticised the leave campaigner, for not having a plan: I thought that if you wanted to leave you had a scheme, you had a global painting, they dont have it. He said that if someone from the leave camp became prime minister they should be obliged to trigger the article 50 divorce procedure the day after their appointment.
Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said the UK should be given more hour before Article 50 is triggered, because England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically. Adding to this theme later in the day he said: to anyone thinking it was a good idea to leave the single market, this is what happens.
At his final summit, the “ministers ” had to had participated in long-planned discussions on migration, European security and the single marketplace. Sticking to the timetable is intended to show the EU is still in business, despite the Brexit crisis that has raised anxieties of the unions disintegration.
Cameron has repeatedly insisted since announcing his departure last Friday that detailed questions about what deal Britain may want with the rest of the EU are for his successor to answer.
But as he arrived in Brussels, he made clear he hoped to smooth the path for Brexit talks. I hope the outcome can be as constructive as is practicable, because of course while were leaving the European Union, we mustnt be turning our backs on Europe.
These countries are our neighbours, our friends, our allies, our partners and I very much hope well seek the closest possible relationship in terms of trade and cooperation and security, because that is good for us and that is good for them, he said.
Number 10 sources told Merkel has been understanding about Camerons decision not to invoke article 50 the formal process for withdrawal from the EU immediately. I think what youve seen from Chancellor Merkel in the working day since the referendum is her represent one of the voices across Europe recognising government decisions that the prime minister has taken and that there will now be some time, and that was certainly her tone today, and that of other leaders.
EU leaders are resigned given the fact Britain will not trigger article 50 instantly, because of the political and constitutional crisis engulfing the country. But the pressure is likely to be raised once a new “ministers ” is in place.
Some EU legislators are hedging their wagers on Brexit, or at the least taking care with speech. An EU diplomat said Brexit would be an amputation, adding, if it materialises.
Asked what would happen if the UK never triggered article 50, the Lithuanian president, Dalia Grybauskait, told: greeting, welcome back. Although she also said mentally and psychologically, Brexit was already happening.
Some EU diplomats think it was a mistake for European council president Donald Tusk to set up a group known as the Brexit taskforce. They stress the UK has not triggered article 50 divorce proceedings and remains a member of the club.
Cameron had hoped to be travelling to Brussels this week to reassure his fellow leaders that a remain vote in the referendum had settled the issue of Britains relationship with the EU for a generation.
Instead, the 27 other member states, who will have to agree what status to offer Britain when formal exit talks begin, will fulfill on Wednesday to discuss the way forward without him.
Cameron will return to the House of Commons to face prime ministers topics, as Conservative MPs kick off their leadership campaigns.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, promised to convene a special summit of EU leaders in Bratislava in September, in an attempt to chart a course for the 27 remaining member states. The UK will not be invited, underlining its freshly decreased status.
Reactions in Brussels to Britains vote for Brexit ranged from sadness to alarm, but officials insisted the reveal would go on. Some junior personnel indicates that they exclaimed on hearing research results on Friday morning. Juncker said he was sad because he was not a robot, a grey bureaucrat or a technocrat.
Senior EU diplomats are also amazed about how the “ministers ” managed to turn what they find as a very generous bargain negotiated in February into a catastrophic defeat that has plunged Britain into crisis. EU insiders believed the UK had got an exceptional offer, and were left bitter and disappointed when Cameron didnt use it in the referendum campaign.