Boris-Juncker Press Conference in Full

Read in Full: Boris’s New Negotiation Position

Boris has finally presented his detailed proposals to abolish the Backstop in a letter to the EU. The ERG and DUP are behind the proposals, now over to Varadkar…

Read the proposals in full below…

Read In Full: EU Commission’s Response to Boris

Following Boris’s letter to the EU last night, the EU Commission has written to the Council in response to the points raised by the PM, refusing to budge on the Backstop and rejecting Boris’s accusation that it is not democratic. Shows what passes for ‘democracy’ in the eyes of the EU… 

The letter claims the UK has offered “no realistic alternatives”, but says the Commission is “ready to work constructively within our mandate” and will “analyse any operational UK ideas that are compatible with the existing WA”. Read it in full here:

Selmayr Waltzes into €17,000-a-Month EU Vienna Job

It’s not just Downing Street where regime change is taking place today, the EU is also in the process of replacing some of its unelected Eurocrats with other unelected Eurocrats. One who’s been a little bit too keen to act like an elected politician is Martin Selmayr, who’s got the chop after his attempts to manipulate the selection of the new EU Commission President backfired. After his scandalous appointment and ignominious downfall, Selmayr will presumably be out on his ear? Don’t be silly, this is the EU…

Instead Selmayr’s managed to waltz straight into another plum EU post as the EU’s Head of Representation in Vienna – it’s a clear demotion but he’ll have a nice €17,000-a-month salary with minimal tax to cushion the blow. He won’t even need to worry about what to do in the meantime, he’s been made temporarily reappointed as a special adviser to Juncker again until his poodle steps down in October. Classic EU rewards for failure, although failed UK appointees are hardly strangers to the revolving door either…

Juncker: Stupid Nationalists Love Their Own Country

EU Commission President Juncker told CNN yesterday that populists and nationalists are stupid because they love their own country.

“These populists, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own country.” 

Says more about him than populist parties…

Jean-Claude Juncker Named ‘European Leader of the Year’

Readers will be flabbergasted to learn that the Euronews ‘European Leader of the Year’ Award last night went to… Jean-Claude Juncker. What are the chances?

Guido has compiled the best bits so you can enjoy all the self-congratulatory smugness for yourself. Juncker topped a politically diverse shortlist featuring Michel Barnier and another European Commissioner. The Euronews President is close to tears as he introduces Juncker, he looks less pleased as JC rips EU-funded Euronews to shreds during his speech. Definitely not a “propaganda instrument of the European institutions”…

Meanwhile Juncker in Rwanda

Staff in Brussels know it is unwise to let Jean-Claude Juncker even light his own cigar after the cognacs, which in Juncker’s case could be just after breakfast. In Rwanda commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide, Juncker is narrowly diverted from adding to the casualty list…

Brexit Officially Delayed

Brexiteers hoping that defeating the Prime Minister’s deal when it (probably) comes back to Parliament next week will be sorely disappointed that last night the UK Government and the EU agreed that in the likely event the Prime Minister’s deal is defeated a third time, Britain will no longer leave the EU on 29th March, in any circumstances. Now is the time to officially cancel your Brexit parties…

If May’s terrible deal is passed, then Brexit is delayed until 22nd May. If the deal is defeated, the ‘March 29th‘ deadline extends by two weeks to 12th April. This is ample time for Letwin/Cooper/Boles to seize control of business in the Parliament that last week voted against allowing No Deal by 412 votes to 202. Parliament will move against the people’s vote of June 2016. Brexiteers are kidding themselves if they think that this rotten Parliament will let us escape to a WTO Brexit…

Jean-Claude Juncker on Negotiating Hard

Jean-Claude Juncker on negotiating hard:

“Allow me to tell you a little secret: I didn’t sleep much because of Mrs May last night”.

All Eyes on DUP Now

Theresa May went to Strasbourg and pulled a unilateral declaration rabbit out of her hat. Stage-managed? Perhaps. At least Juncker was on stage with her and agreed that this was the last double act in which he would be appearing with her. You got the sense that this really is finally the end of the show. If it doesn’t work the curtain will come up on either a Second Referendum farce, Article Extension pantomime or General Election tragi-comedy…

May’s statement is here, the EU’s here – review them yourself. We await Cox’s legal review and the decision of the DUP critics tomorrow. If the DUP give it the thumbs up most Tory rebels will follow suit. The ERG’s lawyers are unlikely to be enthusiastic – that is already priced in. Guido suspects those Tory MPs that want to avoid the hell that will follow a delay to Brexit – for whatever reason – will choose to believe the rabbit is real. Some will reluctantly accept the possibility of the existence of the rabbit for fear of the Brexit terms being further diluted by the remainers in parliament, or worse still derailed altogether. If however the DUP reject it and there is no further last minute revision forthcoming – perhaps after a third vote – the show comes to an end with the current line-up. May will come under intense pressure to magically disappear from the stage…

Jean-Claude Juncker on Hell

Jean-Claude Juncker on Hell:

“I believe in Heaven and not in Hell – apart from what I’m doing now, which is Hell.”

Juncker’s Jolly Dinner

Austrian newspaper Österreich is reporting that EU Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker “caused a stir” and “had to be supported by two staff members” while enjoying a festive dinner last night perhaps a little too much.

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Photographs also show the Commission President slapping the faces of other guests and reaching out for high fives.

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He did have something to celebrate after his pay rise came through yesterday…

Sturgeon: Juncker’s Behaviour “Pretty Distasteful”

Nicola Sturgeon has described Jean-Claude Juncker’s behaviour on Friday where he said Theresa May “was kissing me” and ruffled another EU employee’s hair as “pretty distasteful”. Yet she’s determined to stay in the organisation he leads…

Juncker: The Morning After, May ‘Was Kissing Me’

In an extraordinary answer to what he was saying to the Prime Minister this morning, EU Commission President Juncker said at a press conference this afternoon that “we were not dancing”, that “I didn’t know that this word [nebulous] exists in English”, and that “In the course of the morning, after having checked what I said last night, she was kissing me.” Classic Juncker…

UPDATE: It turns out May wasn’t the only woman to be the subject of some questionable attention from Juncker this morning:

UPDATE II: The BBC have identified her as none other than the EU’s ‘Deputy Head of Protocol’.[…] Read the rest

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May’s “Nebulous” Clash With Juncker

Channel 5 have enlisted two “expert lipreaders” in an attempt to decipher that frosty exchange between May and Juncker earlier, concluding that the two are arguing about whether Juncker called May “nebulous” yesterday. […] Read the rest

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Juncker & Varadkar Guaranteed to the Irish Parliament No Hard Border in the Event of No Deal

The Brexit negotiations are teetering on the brink over the question of the backstop for the Irish border. Some fundamental truths are being forgotten in the froth of the negotiations:

  • If there is no deal, there is no backstop. If the EU collapses the negotiations by insisting on unreasonable backstop conditions, there will be no backstop whatsoever.
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Juncker Mocks May’s Dancing

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May’s dancing at the opening session of the EU’s four day ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’ event this afternoon. Guido suspects Druncker might have had one too many at lunch…[…] Read the rest

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Juncker: British Press Too Free

Juncker won’t miss the British  press…

“… I will not miss it. It is, in part so, that they do not respect the human rights of political actors at all. Press freedom also has its limits … One should not bring people in privacy in distress.”[…] Read the rest

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Jean-Claude Juncker on European Flexibility

Speaking at the Salzburg Summit on the Brexit negotiations, Juncker revealed:

“No decision will be taken here. Whenever the Commission is too flexible things are going wrong.”[…] Read the rest

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