Nigel Farage and Juncker bash heads in EU parliament


13 Sep, 2017

Nigel Farage and Juncker bash heads in EU parliament

President Jean-Claude Juncker was rebutted after declaring that the “wind is back in Europe’s sails”, as Nigel Farage accused the bloc of being an increasingly undemocratic and Soviet-esque sham.

The European commission president said he would always lament the UK’s decision to leave the union. “This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history, we will always regret this,” Juncker said before responding to heckling from Nigel Farage, by retorting: “I think you will regret this soon, I might say.”

Calling for a special summit in Romania on the 30 March 2019, the first day of an EU of 27 member states rather than 28, Juncker said he hoped the continent would “wake up” that day to a new more unified bloc.

“We have to respect the will of the British people,” he said. “We are going to make progress. We will keep moving. We will move on because Brexit isn’t everything. It isn’t the future of Europe. It isn’t the be all and end all ... On the 30 March 2019, we will be a union of 27 and suggest we prepare very well for that date.”

Mr Juncker then ruled out the possibility of Turkey entering the EU for the foreseeable future, announcing that the European council, comprised of member states, must be combined in the future.

Replying to what he thinks is an undemocratic sham, Nigel Farage launched a razor-sharp attack against Jean-Claude Juncker and the entire institution, saying: “Thank God we’re leaving! You’ve learned nothing from Brexit!”

The former UKIP leader and champion of Brexit, added that Juncker and his colleagues were appointing powerful unelected people in positions of huge power including “a finance minister who intervenes when he feels it necessary” and plans for “a European army with a more aggressive foreign policy.”

“And all this to be done without the consent of the people.”

The staunch brexiteer was clearly appalled by Juncker’s claim that the EU could appoint pan-European ministers with unprecedent powers without any form of public electoral process.

Juncker said: “European Monetary fund which needs to be anchored in the European Union.

“We need a European minister of economy and finance, a minister to promote structural reform in our member states. These euro-wide policies in the EU don’t need treaty change as long as it is decided in the European Council.”

Worried about the implications of these declarations, Nigel Farage said: “Mr Juncker, that was the most open, honest and most worrying speech I ever heard. What you’re saying is: Brexit has happened, full steam ahead!”

He continued: “Genuine democratic parties of oppositions won’t be able to compete on a level playing field.”

And pointing to what he sees as the bloc's inability to learn from passed mistakes, he added: “You have learned nothing from Brexit. If you had given David Cameron concessions on immigration Brexit would never have happened.”

He attacked the EU's increasingly clear Federalist agenda and even likened the bloc to the Communist Soviet Union adding: "The way you’re treating Hungary and Poland must remind them of living under the soviet communists."

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