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Nigel Farage ; Mr Junker "frankly you are as stale and musty as a corked bottle of wine"
• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 December 2014
Transcript:

Mr Juncker, you are competent, dangerous and doomed to fail - Nigel Farage

Mr Juncker you're here with your Commission presenting your new work plan, but I can see you've been busy with the PR consultants. You've been busy trying to spend a pretty penny or two, you've been trying to rebrand the European Commission and you've come up with a slogan- A new start for Europe, I mean you couldn't invent it could you? We do it every five years.

We should get our money back, I even noticed on the Berlaymont building last week a great big banner with your face on it and the rest of the Commission team. 'A new start for Europe under team Juncker'. Well I don't know about new. This commission has got five former Prime Ministers in it, its got 4 former Prime Ministers in it, its got 19 former government ministers in it, its got 7 former Commissioners in it. I don't know about some bright new fresh start for Europe, it looks a bit more like the knackers yard for failed domestic politicians.

And at the top of it as President we've got you, now please don't think, don't anyone here think, that I'm questioning Mr Juncker's competence, I am not. You are certainly competent, you're a good operator and there are 240 multinationals who all managed to avoid hundreds of millions of euros in corporation tax by paying 1-2 percent tax in Luxembourg during your term there as Prime Minister who would testify that you're certainly a more competent operator than the man who went before you. But please don't give us new, you were Prime Minister of Luxembourg for 19 years, you headed up the Eurogroup, new you are not.

You and this Commission frankly are as stale and musty as a corked bottle of wine. And we're being encouraged by your sidekick Mr Timmermans, who by the way today talked about the circular economy. Sir, I haven't got a clue what you are talking about but it sounds absolutely lovely. And you've told us today that you're going to adopt a minimalist approach to legislation, again rather like Mr Juncker you're rather brighter, cleverer and sharper than those that have gone before you. We're not going to get from you any more proposed bans on olive oil being poured into dishes that we dip our bread into in restaurants, and I suspect under you, you will not be updating the curvature of cucumber regulations that came in a few years ago.

But minimalism is one thing, but what it fails to address is the fact that the very last time we attempted to address within the EU how big the body of law that had already been imposed on our businesses was that was in 2005 and it was 170,000 pages of active legislation. It's probably now a quarter of a million or perhaps even more than that. And I would suggest Mr Timmermans, that what we don't need is minimalism if Europe is to become competitive and to trade globally and competitively - what we need is the axe. You've actually got to start getting rid of excessive regulation, particularly upon the small and medium size enterprises who in any free MARKET economy could not be expected to maintain the same standards for everybody and everything as the giant multinationals.

But there are two areas where minimalism won't work; one, is in negotiating with the UK about immigration. Mr Juncker you have made it clear that it is non-negotiable, free movement of people is non-negotiable, the British want wholesale change. And secondly, there is Greece's membership of the Euro. When it's clear for all to see, she and everybody else would be better off without it. And I suggest, whatever your work programme is actually the next five years will be dominated by Greece in the Euro, and Britain's membership of the European Union and you will spend most of your time, I suspect, dealing with those issues.

Question from floor-

NF-

Erm, well I'm not very sure what the question was but it's all very good of you to give me more speaking time. Thank you, as far as Luxembourg norms are concerned, look I've made it clear I'm not especially critical of Mr Juncker. I actually think tax competition and different countries doing thing their own way in a diverse Europe is a good and healthy thing. And by the way, a correction if I may, you're quite right, my flag isn't on my desk but it's never hitherto an English flag, it's been the Union Jack which is the British flag. Thank you.

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jean claude druncker!

1 month ago

Thank you Mr.Farage!Junker tycker om "ALKOHOL" men inte vilken har andra åsikt. Som Orban Viktor han vågar säger mot hela bunten!Men han snart försvinner och kan supa ner sej ner han blir pensioner!

1 month ago

What would we have done without you Nigel,you say it Lille it is .why are you not in our parliament,?

1 month ago

Euro pigz get em told Nige. We will write our own rules you smelly euro pig.

1 month ago

A bad bottle of wine.

1 month ago

Farage is a fruit fly.

2 months ago

nigel is the best and most competent speaker in the eu parliament, they dislike him for his honesty about the eu.

2 months ago

As a black brit, i wish he can say something to allow black and brown brits to support him. He is good, talks sense and does it with charm. Europe is scared of him. He is a powerhouse politician. He needs to shed the hopefully false wiff of being a racists right winger which i think he isnt , the wiff still clinging from ukip, and allow the brown vote and voice to support him. Right now he is a guilty pleasure.

2 months ago

The E.U is comedy relief for the rest of the world. Most of the players on that room aren't even qualified to work at Taco Bell...Who needs the comedy channel..je

2 months ago

oh ho terrible

2 months ago

FARAGE is a great speaker and knows his stuff

2 months ago

how right was Nige.

2 months ago

I just love this man and his bluntness. I want him as prime minister in France

2 months ago

Idiot

2 months ago

Pure arrogance

2 months ago

And the Farage destroys pisshead juncker once again....

2 months ago

Yummy nice cheese and onion crisps hmm there I typed the truth the union is communism

3 months ago

Communism control freaks

3 months ago

Not a union is it when you have banks been told not to invest

3 months ago

You would not even finance Spain

3 months ago

Barroso another cnt

3 months ago

Who is junker sounds like a mouldy old cabbage

3 months ago

JUNCKER LIKES A CUCUMBER UP HIS ARSE THATS WHY HE MOANED ABOUT THE CURVE OF THEM 2:34 - cucmmber regulations

3 months ago

Yes you right, why is Nigel Farrage not the Prime Minister of UK,we need more people like him to sort our problem out with Nasty Euro, and the biggest problem of Immigration send over by them to our country, Juncker is full up with nothing but junk, thank you Mr Farrage, our Prime Minister is to soft and nice to speak like you, we must leave Euro for all cost, no more second referendum, we have voted already

3 months ago

Finally Mister Farage you have said Mister Juncker the truth about hes manner to drinking wine and demolishing europe!

3 months ago

Tipicaly British uneducated people

4 months ago

Becarefull with these brexiters parrots they are just business people , dont face the consequences of Brexit they are not on minimum wage.

4 months ago

do not forget it, as long as the uk is in the eu who get a big pay of more than 9000 euro net per month in the pocket he

4 months ago

Fuck the EU.

4 months ago

My country has turned me from a moderate to the right wing fascist ave

4 months ago

I'm surprise how come the British people do not see this mafia operating out in the open..! Despite having someone like Farage who I must say is doing a fantastic job in unveiling their dirty plans for all of us to see and understand, yet the British people do not pay attention... if ever there'll be a second referendum in uk, it'll be an opportunity for everyone to get this country out of this mess and away from the control of this dark force which is the EU... I can see this clearly being an far away in Mauritius and i hope the British people can too.. I cannot if I were a British to see the sovereignty being taken away before my very eyes like this and do nothing...Good luck Britain!

4 months ago

Time for a HARD BREXIT, save 39 Billion £'s, offer all EU members a one
Billion £'s credit line to purchase UK manufactured or grown product if
they also HARD EXIT, first quarterly drawn-down first week they are OUT.

4 months ago

Google 788 790 Finchley rd to see where Amber Rudd hides her money

4 months ago

He is a Wino and a Fraud

4 months ago

The EU is nothing but a tool of the globalist elite in their mission to destroy FREE western nations ---- watch this shameful and disturbing pact that will be signed in a few days !! ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suFtpBvlWdc

4 months ago

UNELECTED EU????? - Under Article 17 of the EU treaty, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, the Commission President is formally proposed by the European Council (the 28 heads of government of the EU member states), by a qualified-majority vote, and is then ‘elected’ by a majority vote in the European Parliament. In an effort to inject a bit more democracy into this process, the main European party families proposed rival candidates for the Commission President before the 2014 European Parliament elections. Then, after the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) won the most seats in the new Parliament, the European Council agreed to propose the EPP’s candidate.

The problem in Britain, though, is that this new way of ‘electing’ the Commission President did not feel very democratic. None of the main British parties are in the EPP (the Conservatives left the EPP in 2009), and so British voters were not able to vote for Juncker (although they could vote against him). There was also very little media coverage in the UK of the campaigns between the various candidates for the Commission President, so few British people understand how the process worked (unlike in some other member states). But, we can hardly blame the EU for the Conservatives leaving the EPP or for our media failing to cover the Commission President election campaign!

Then, once the Commission President is chosen, each EU member state nominates a Commissioner, and each Commissioner is then subject to a hearing in one of the committees of the European Parliament (modelled on US Senate hearings of US Presidential nominees to the US cabinet). If a committee issues a ‘negative opinion’ the candidate is usually withdrawn by the government concerned. After the hearings, the team of 28 is then subject to an up/down ‘investiture vote’ by a simple majority of the MEPs.

Finally, once invested, the Commission as a whole can be removed by a two-thirds ‘censure vote’ in the European Parliament. This has never happened before, but in 1999 the Santer Commission resigned before a censure vote was due to be taken which they were likely to lose. So, yes, the Commission is not directly elected. But it is not strictly true to say that it is ‘unelected’ or unaccountable.

And, in many ways, the way the Commission is now chosen is similar to the way the UK government is formed. Neither the British Prime Minister nor the British cabinet are ‘directly elected’. Formally, in House of Commons elections, we do not vote on the choice for the Prime Minister, but rather vote for individual MPs from different parties. Then, by convention, the Queen chooses the leader of the largest party in the House of Commons to form a government. This is rather like the European Council choosing the candidate of the political group with the most seats in the European Parliament to become the Commission President.

Then, after the Prime Minister is chosen, he or she is free to choose his or her cabinet ministers. There are no hearings of individual ministerial nominees before committees of the House of Commons, and there is no formal investiture vote in the government as a whole. From this perspective, the Commissioners and the Commission are more scrutinised and more accountable than British cabinet ministers.

So, it is easy to claim that the EU is run by ‘unelected bureaucrats’, but the reality is quite a long way from that. Although, having said that, I would be one of the first to acknowledge that the EU does not feel as democratic as it could or should be – as I have spent much of my academic career writing about this issue. But, this is perhaps more to do with the stage of development of the EU than because of the procedures that are now in place for choosing and removing the Commission, which are far more ‘democratic’ than they were 5 or 10 years ago.

4 months ago

Farage is the frenetic dictator of The United Kuba (in Europe) like Farage Castro :D

5 months ago

wow Luxembourg tax haven back handers for the rich,scams for them only,eu banksters know how to fill their boots,effing thieves.

5 months ago

this says it all.....Surrendering after just a day of fighting, Luxembourg was placed under occupation and was annexed into Germany in 1942.

5 months ago

when are these two going to make out?

5 months ago

You live off of infedels, how come?

5 months ago

This Farage is a shameless and disgraceful evil bastard.

5 months ago

Why don't Nigle, Le Pen, the German AfD, Victor Orban, Salvini, Sebastian Kurz, all team up and kick EU ass?

5 months ago

Its all a big joke to them .....sitting smirking

5 months ago

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6 months ago

Mr. Juncker is doing Satan's work!

6 months ago

Haha! Farage rules.EU it's dictatorship. Britain voted OUT of that stupid club. EU Will crumble soon wait and see.....

6 months ago

"team Juncker" hahahaha. Put me in stitches, I'm still laughing over that

7 months ago

"Schulz" ... good that he is gone...

7 months ago

What a great orator

7 months ago