On Monday, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan launched a scathing assault on the European Fee President, describing the EU chief as a distant, smug, entitled and a “sozzled” enemy of democracy. In his Sunday Telegraph column, Mr Hannan advised that the Luxembourgish politician is “why Britain voted depart”. He accused him of harbouring “anti-British” attitudes, in addition to “contempt” for democratic processes.
It’s not the primary time Mr Juncker has triggered such accusations over the course of his profession, although.
In 2005, the EU chief, who on the time was Luxembourg’s Minister for Funds and President of the Euro Group, was pushing for a European Structure.
On Might 29 of that 12 months, France held a referendum to determine whether or not it ought to ratify the proposed Structure however, forward of the vote, Mr Juncker admitted he would ignore the end result if it didn’t go the way in which he supposed.
He mentioned: “If it is a Sure, we are going to say ‘on we go’, and if it is a No we are going to say ‘we proceed.'”
Following the No votes in France and the Netherlands, Mr Juncker additionally claimed that, in actuality, voters had really supported deeper European integration.
His remarks had been met with outrage by eurosceptics, who advised that the EU elite was in denial over the general public hostility in direction of the bloc.
Ultimately, because the European Fee President predicted, eurocrats ignored the outcomes of such in style votes and the European structure was subsequently rebranded because the Lisbon Treaty, which handed in 2007.
Former Ukip chief Nigel Farage famously claimed that was the second he misplaced religion within the European Union and began to despise it.
Talking on his LBC present, Mr Farage mentioned: “In 2005, the European Union had produced its personal structure.
“The primary correct blueprint – the primary real admission that what they had been constructing wasn’t a free commerce zone, it was a state they usually put it to referendums.
“The French rejected it, the Dutch rejected it and plenty of different folks, had that they had the possibility, would have rejected it.
“And what did the EU do? Did they study the lesson? Did they are saying ‘Oh nicely clearly folks do not desire a state with a flag, an anthem and a military.’ Did they row again? No, they rebranded it because the Lisbon Treaty.
“They compelled it by means of with out giving the French and Dutch an alternative choice. The Irish voted in opposition to it however had been compelled to vote once more.
“From that second, I’ve been an enemy of the whole mission.”