JUNCKER HITS BACK AT EU ‘SUPER-STATE’ CLAIMS
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.