Nigel Farage roasted Jean-Claude Juncker on the floor of European Parliament for being a ‘bloody rude bully’ while delivering an unflinching ultimatum to the EU, warning their outrageous demands could force Britain to leave the negotiating table before year’s end.
Farage genially shook hands with Juncker, president of the European Commission, before proceeding to viciously embarrass him in front of Parliament in a response to Juncker’s attacks on British PM Theresa May – whom he called “totally deluded” after a private dinner in London, and his disparaging of the English language – Juncker delivered his recent State of the Union address in French, explaining, “English is losing its importance in Europe.”
“Imagine you invited a very important guest around for dinner, and you made all the preparations, and there were some very important, confidential conversations to be had, and you thought everything had gone well,” Farage began. “And yet, within hours, your guest had told the outside world that you, the host, were ‘deluded,’ that you were ‘living in a different galaxy.'”
“Then all the contents of the conversation were blabbed to an opposition newspaper, and to add insult to injury, you say the food wasn’t actually very good either.”
“And then, a few days later, in a display of extreme petulance, you even deride the national language of the host – which by the way is looking a bit silly, because last Saturday’s extravaganza known as the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ saw 90% of the songs sung in English,” he went on. “If you were the host, and you had been treated like that – by somebody you thought was important and somebody you thought you could trust – I think you would be asking yourself if you were dealing with a reasonable person.”
Farage tore through his blistering oration standing mere feet from Juncker, even turning to look him directly in the face before intensifying his offensive.
“I don’t know whether, Mr. Juncker, this is how you carry on in Luxembourg – I doubt it, because in any other part of the civilized world, frankly, that behavior would be considered to be bloody rude and the act of a bully,” he said. “I’ll tell you something – your attempt to bully the Brits through this negotiation is not working.”
Farage pointed out new YouGov polling statistics showing that 68% of Brits support Brexit and the Leave campaign – up from 52% last year, versus only 22% for remaining in the EU.
“Either we get some grown-up, reasonable demands from the European Union or the United Kingdom will be forced to walk away before the end of this year,” Farage warned. “We can’t spend two years with this farce.”
He concluded by citing Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, and his damning assessment of the European Union.
“I rarely agree with Marxists, but perhaps Mr. Varoufakis is right when he says, about negotiating with the EU: ‘It is a technocracy that is desperately clinging onto its own exorbitant and illegitimate power.'”
“You may have crushed Greek democracy two years ago – but you ain’t going to do it to us.”
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Farage also revealed that the UK Liberal Democrat party is pushing for a second referendum vote on Britain’s EU membership after Brexit negotiations are completed.