Unelected EU supremo Jean-Claude Juncker today used his ‘State of the Union’ address to the European Parliament to call for internal borders to be “removed” and demanded national vetoes on foreign and tax policy to be scrapped, giving the European Commission more central powers.
He told the EU Parliament: “Where borders have been reinstated, they must be removed. Failure to do so would amount to an unacceptable step back for the Europe of today and tomorrow.
Juncker went on to call for nation states who have national vetoes on European foreign policy and some areas of tax to be scrapped so the EU can “speak with one voice”.
A push to make the EU a bigger player on the global stage in @JunckerEU’s State of the Union today: free trade agreement with Africa, use the € more strategically, member states should give up veto on some foreign policy so EU diplomacy can’t be hijacked by “a call from Beijing”
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) September 12, 2018
He also commented on Brexit, saying: “I welcome Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to develop an ambitious new partnership for the future after Brexit. We agree with the statement made in Chequers that the starting point for such a partnership should be a free trade area between the UK and the EU.”
However his speech did not go down well with eurosceptics, Nigel Farage said: “Sat watching Juncker. He wants more power and centralisation for the EU but will not acknowledge the growing populist wave.”
Sat watching Juncker. He wants more power and centralisation for the EU but will not acknowledge the growing populist wave. I’ll have my say shortly. #SOTEU
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 12, 2018
Juncker says he is against internal borders in the EU and those that remain should be abolished. Crystal clear being in EU means no control.
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) September 12, 2018
Juncker’s power grab is further evidence supporting our historic decision to vote to leave.