European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker says UK does not need EU but EU needs UK

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Juncker previously said there is not enough Europe in the European Union (Source: Getty)

The United Kingdom does not need the European Union, but the EU does need the UK, according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Speaking to the European parliament about the EU migrant crisis and UK membership, Juncker said: "We want a fair deal with Britain, and we are working in that direction. I cannot give details, but our negotiation teams are in close contact". Juncker added:

It takes two to tango. We have to dance and our British friends have to dance. I am 150 per cent in favour of having Britain as a constructive member state of the European Union.

We need Britain. Personally I don't think Britain needs the European Union.

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The comments will be seized on by the "Out" campaign, which launched last week. This week the pro-"In" campaign launched.

Juncker's comments came ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, in which the two will discuss the Prime Minister's renegotiation.

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Cameron has promised an In/Out referendum before the end of 2017, with polls narrowing between the two sides.

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