‘Something wrong with UK’ Shameless Juncker blames ’40 years of British lies’ for Brexit

‘Something wrong with UK’ Shameless Juncker blames ’40 years of British lies’ for Brexit

THE EUROPEAN Union’s top bureaucrat today blamed “so many lies” and “so many half-truths” for Britain’s historic vote to quit the bloc.

By GREG HEFFER, POLITICAL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 07:01, Fri, Sep 16, 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14, Fri, Sep 16, 2016

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker insisted the EU referendum result on June 23 meant “something was wrong in Britain”.

Facing questions from a series of YouTube presenters this morning, the unelected official was grilled over what he would diagnose as the cause of Brexit.

The former Luxembourg prime minister cited decades of eurosceptic opinion in the UK for the Leave vote.

He said: “This is a simple and an easy question, asking for thousands of answers.

“Of course Brexit means that something is wrong in Europe, but Brexit means also that something was wrong in Britain.”

Mr Juncker laid the blame for Brexit squarely on the shoulder of British politicians who have spoken out against the bloc over the past 40 years.

He added: “If over 40 years you are explaining to your general public that the EU is stupid, that it’s worth nothing, that you have to leave, that EU membership is not bringing any advantages to your population.

“Then you can’t be surprised that the day you ask people do you want to stay or do you want to leave then a too high number of British, in the case we are discussing, are expressing the view that it’s better to leave.

“On Europe there are so many lies, so many half-truths which are circulated around that you can not be surprised.

But Mr Juncker did admit he would not give “the British vote only that explanation”, adding: “I do think that there was a European message to this too.”

The top official yesterday insisted the bloc is “not at risk” in his annual ‘State of the Union’ speech despite the EU’s many crises and the Brexit vote.

He was today quizzed by three ‘YouTubers’ Laetitia, Jonas and Lukasz.

But Mr Juncker saw his appearance mocked on Twitter, as organisers sought to crowdsource questions using the #AskJuncker hashtag.

Suggestions included ‘Do you like Nigel Farage’s socks?’ and ‘Why does a trade bloc need a flag, an anthem, a president and an army?’.

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