his first appearance in European Parliament since the Brexit vote,
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was greeted
with raucous jeers and boos(presumably
for enabling The Brits to exercise their democratic right to
self-determination). Once EU
President Martin Schulz had demanded (ironically) that
they listen, Farage began his 'victory' speech by reminding his
so-called peers of their laughter when he first suggested UK should
leave The EU - "you're
not laughing now... are you!"
the reason you're so upset, the reason you're so angry, the reason
you're not laughing is simple - you as a political project are in
MEPs were vюcal..
Juncker, President of the European Commission
isn't exclusively a cerebral affair. Obviously we have to think but
equally when you're sad, it's acceptable to be sad and I am sad after
this vote in the UK and I make no secret of it. The British vote has
cut off one of our wings, as it were, but we're still flying."
Verhofstadt, leader of the EU Liberal group
makes it so hard for me...is the way it succeeded. The absolutely
negative campaign. Mr Farage's posters showing refugees like in Nazi
propaganda, which he copied at that moment. I never thought it was
possible that somebody in this house should do a thing like that."
Le Pen, leader of the far-right French National Front
British have chosen a route which it was thought was closed for all
time and you were some of those who believed it was closed. Those who
said 'It's all irreversible, the European Union is irreversible',
well, the British people have told you where to get off."
Anderson, MEP for Irish republican party Sinn Fein
English votes drag us out of the EU that would be like Britannia
waives the rules. There was a democratic vote. We voted to remain. I
tell you that the last thing that the people of Ireland need is an EU
border with 27 member states stuck right in the middle of it."
Smith, MEP for the Scottish Green Party
will need cool heads and warm hearts but please remember this -
Scotland did not let you down. I beg you: do not let Scotland down
Refuses To Speak English In Address To EU Parliament
both Angela Merkel and David Cameron, and perhaps Boris Johnson, have
been doing all they can to restore some of the badly burned bridges
between the UK and Europe over the past week, the European Commission
president, Jean-Claude Juncker, perhaps once again under the
influence, is seemingly engaged in a one-man crusade to accelerate
and crush any last hope of an amicable UK departure with lingering
ties to Europe.
As we reported
Juncker pulled a fast one on the EU parliament when he first said
that "we must respect British democracy and the way it has
expressed its view," a statement that was greeted by rare
applause from the UKIP members present. However, Juncker promptly
turned the tables when he said "that's the last time you are
applauding here... and to some extent I'm really surprised you are
here. You are fighting for the exit. The British people voted in
favor of the exit.
are you here?"
Juncker continued, breaking from his speech text.
Then, according to
Juncker added that he has imposed a Presidential Ban on all contact
between EU officials and UK officials until Art 50.
But the coup de grace, to
use the proper language, came when
as AP reported,
Juncker decided to refuse speaking in English altogether. In contrast
to recent speeches on Britain's future in the European Union,
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker didn't speak
English Tuesday as he lamented the U.K.'s departure from the bloc.
Juncker's official speech
to EU lawmakers was made only in French and German. He
did, however, respond to hecklers among the British EU lawmakers in
Previously, Juncker has
often used the EU's most widely spoken and written language as well,
particularly when addressing issues close to British hearts.
It's unclear whether the
move was a political message from one of Europe's longest serving
leaders, or an act of caution due to criticism he has received for
making mistakes in English in the past.
Whatever the motivation,
it almost appears that Juncker is doing everything in his power to
sabotage any lingering hope of some last minute mending of relations
between the EU and the UK.
* * *
Meanwhile, the fate of
the UK aside, the blowback inside Europe is growing and now the prime
ministers of four central European countries say the European Union
needs to be reformed to renew the trust of citizens in its
prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
also said the forthcoming exit negotiations between the EU and
Britain must not leave EU members and their businesses in a worse
position than Britain and its companies.
They said the EU should
focus on economic growth, an increase of prosperity and the
development of a common security policy. The four countries form an
informal bloc known as the Visegrad Group and released a joint
statement ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels Tuesday.
What was left unsaid is
that the balance of power has now shifted dramatically, and what was
once Merkel's sole domain now sees the periphery as gradually
dominating all negotiations thanks to the impromtpy threat of a
referendum that any one nation may invoke at a moment's notice. In
the aftermath of Brexit, this is a threat that Merkel and Brussels
have no choice but to do everything in their power to remedy, even if
it means succumbing to every single demand.