THIRSTY EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker was honoured as “European leader of the year” at a glitzy do last night, despite his hardline stance on Brexit.
The Brussels boss joked that he was only honoured when leaving office rather than at the start of his reign, after he was given a gong by Euronews and the European Business Summit in Brussels.
The un-elected head of the Commission said last night: “I could have been awarded when I was starting, but the fact that I’m awarded when I’m finishing — at the moment of autopsy — is a recognition of the merits of the European Commission.”
MP Kevin Hollinrake said at the news: “One of those stories that you read and immediately think ‘is it April 1st’?”
But the ex-PM of Luxembourg beat Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to the top award, despite the gruelling hours put in to secure a deal with Britain.
“Poor guy,” Mr Juncker joked.
His award comes despite the EU’s hardline stance against Britain in the last year of trying to get a deal done.
They repeatedly said there was no more they could do, even after Brexiteers begged them to look again at the hated Northern Ireland backstop.
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Leaders have refused to re-open the deal and said it’s sealed now and we can’t change any of it.
And they’ve insisted we have to take part in EU elections later this month too, even though we’re leaving.
Even as the impasse continues he’s hinted the bloc could throw us out in October, even if a deal isn’t done in time.
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