Ahead of hours for the U.K. to leave the EU officially, the head of European Commission said the bloc “is looking for the best relationship with the U.K.”

“But, it will never be as good as membership,” Ursula von der Leyen told a joint news conference on Brexit and the future of the EU.

European Council’s head Charles Michel and President of European Parliament David Sassoli were accompanying her in Brussels.

The U.K., which has been a member of the EU since 1973, is set for a formal departure from the bloc on Friday at 11 p.m. (2300GMT) in

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