Jean-Claude Juncker suggested that Brussels expects a further extension of Brexit in October, while criticizing parliamentarians for prioritizing the removal of the prime minister to find an agreement on a Brexit agreement.
With the May appearance on the brink of resignation, the president of the European Commission spoke about his admiration for his resilience and his disregard for attempts to remove it.
"What I don't like in the British debate is that it seems more important to replace the prime minister than to find an agreement between them," Juncker said in an interview with CNN. "This is a woman who knows how to do things but is unable to do things. I like her very much; she is a tough person."
Junker told CNN he was "fed up" with the ongoing impasse, but suggested that Brussels resigned from another request to extend membership in the UK this fall.
The United Kingdom has until October 31 to agree on an agreement, to leave without an agreement or to seek a further extension of the article 50 trading period.
Juncker said: "I hope they will agree between them and they will leave [EU] by the end of October … I think it is their patriotic duty to get an agreement.
"I'm getting tired because we're [just] waiting for the next extension."
The president of the commission added that it was not the identity of the next prime minister; concerns the withdrawal agreement ".
The commission president's support is unlikely to deter many conservative conservative ministers and parliamentarians from trying to force the prime minister not to be present.
Following the resignation of House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom on Wednesday, the May takeover seems weaker than ever.
With the EU refusing to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, Juncker suggested that there was little to be gained by changing the country's leadership.
One of the stated reasons for Leadsom's resignation was the May offer to facilitate a Commons vote on a possible second referendum.
Asked if Juncker was in agreement with Donald Tusk, his counterpart from the European Council, that the United Kingdom should hold a second Brexit vote, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg took a skeptical note.
He said: "I would like to say yes to a second referendum, but the result may not be different. We are observers in a British stadium: it is up to them to decide."
As head of the House of Commons, Leadsom should have provided details on the withdrawal proposal on Thursday. But he said in his resignation letter that he could not register to facilitate another referendum.
In his reply, May denied that this was his intention. "I do not agree with you that the agreement we have negotiated with the European Union means that the United Kingdom will not become a sovereign country," he wrote in May.
You could say that any proposed legislation could attract an amendment that seeks to bring one. "That is why yesterday at the cabinet we agreed to continue the bill and allow those parliamentarians who want another referendum to present their case," the prime minister said.