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JUNCKER BLASTS DEMOCRACY: EU chief brands MPs who represent voters ‘part-time Europeans’

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has issued a thinly-veiled broadside to Britain’s democracy, accusing politicians of being “part-time Europeans” who listen to their voters too much.

Jean-Claude Juncker

REUTERS/GETTY   Jean-Claude Juncker has issued a scathing assessment of democracy


In an outspoken address the EU chief accused “some of our colleagues” of listening to the wishes of their own people rather than pandering to the vested interests of the Brussels elite.Mr Juncker claimed the “highly exciting” period which led to the catastrophic decision to create the Euro was now “totally gone” and had been replaced by division caused by certain countries wanting to look after their own people rather than the EU project.

His comments may be interpreted as a poorly disguised attack on David Cameron and Britain, which is holding a referendum on its membership of the 28-nation bloc on June 23.They are also likely to alarm pro-democracy campaigners after providing yet further evidence of the EU’s lurch towards federal centralisation and away from respecting the the rights of individual member states’ right to self-determination.

The Vote Leave campaign blasted: “Juncker sees democracy as an inconvenience for his European Project.”

Jean-Claude Juncker

REUTERS   Mr Juncker railed against politicians who represent their voters interests about Brussels


Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, (L), during his meeting with president of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (C), and the President of the E

EPA   He made the remarks during a debate about the state of the EU


Mr Juncker’s remarks come amid a series of deeply worrying EU initiatives which Brexit campaigners have warned will severely dent British sovereignty, including a drive to create an EU army and plans to station Euro police on our streets.

In a speech on the “State of the European Union” delivered yesterday, Mr Juncker said: “In former times, all those implied in the project were full-time Europeans. Now we have too many part-time Europeans.“That is a problem because some of our colleagues in the European Council are listening exclusively to their national opinion.

“And if you are listening to your national opinion, you are not developing what should be common European sense: a feeling for the need we have to put together our efforts.

“We are observing an increasing gap between public opinions and the European policy-makers. Unfortunately there is no European public opinion – the public opinions are still divided in national categories.”

David Cameron

PA   The comments will provide a further headache for David Cameron’s beleaguered Remain campaign


 Donald Tusk

REUTERS    Mr Juncker was rebuked by EU Council chief Donald Tusk, who told him to ditch his federalist dream


 His comments come amid a heightening resolve amongst Brussels bureaucrats to accelerate the pace of European federalisation.

Spurred on by the Euro crisis and the spiralling migrant chaos, EU leaders are pushing through ever-closer integration in a number of areas from defence to security and border control.

However Britain and Mr Cameron appear to have found an unlikely ally in the form of the hard-headed Polish president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who rebuked Mr Juncker’s dream of a federal Europe.

Responding to the speech, he insisted that EU veterans need to abandon their “completely unrealistic utopia” of a United States of Europe.

He said: “It’s a quite common opinion in Brussels that the EU always has problems with its member states and our lives would be much more comfortable without member states.“I can understand why this is a dream for some Brussels colleagues, but I think it is time to redefine our dreams for the EU as a project.

“This means that today we must admit this dream of one European state with one common interest and maybe in the future one common nation was an illusion.”

Fittingly their debate took place in the Capitolini Museum in Rome, where the 2004 EU Constitution was signed off before being rejected by the French and Dutch in referendums.

The controversial document was revived a couple of years later as the Lisbon Treaty, which was forced through after initially being rejected by the Irish in their own referendum.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/667908/Jean-Claude-Juncker-EU-referendum-Brexit-democracy-UK-Britain-Cameron

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