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JEAN-Claude Juncker has de­scribed claims by Boris John­son that the EU was forg­ing a su­per-state as ‘non­sense’.

Bri­tish for­eign sec­re­tary Mr John­son had claimed Brexit was an op­por­tu­nity for the UK to re­ject the EU’s de­sire to cre­ate an over­ar­ch­ing Euro­pean ‘su­per-state’. But the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion chief dis­missed the claim yes­ter­day. Speak­ing in Brus­sels, he said: ‘Some in the Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal so­ci­ety are against the truth, pre­tend­ing that I am stupid, stub­born fed­er­al­ist.

‘I am strictly against a Euro­pean su­per­state and al­ways have been. I do not un­der­stand why some peo­ple in­sist on say­ing other­wise. We are not the United States of Amer­ica. We are the Euro­pean Union which is a rich body be­cause we have these 27, 28 na­tions.’

It comes after the EU’s chief Brexit ne­go­tia­tor, Michel Barnier, last week warned Bri­tain that the tran­si­tion was not a done deal, point­ing to what he called ‘sub­stan­tial’ dif­fer­ences in how the two sides imag­ine that pe­riod.

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