MEP Stephen Woolfe, a prominent figure in the UKIP campaign team during the referendum run up has claimed the European Union needs to “learn about democracy” in cos he mademment on Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union.
Woolfe claimed the Foreign Secretary’s remarks were a “strong message” to the European Union who “have to learn about democracy”. Speaking on Euronews’ Raw Politics, the British MEP criticised the European Union’s track record for “forcing” countries (including France, The Netherlands, Ireland and Greece,) to vote again if a vote does not give the result Brussels wants.
He said: “It was also a very strong message you have to learn about democracy. Either, if you carry on that way, you could be seen by people to be like that and the European Union has always championed the idea of being free.”
He then reminded top EU officials including European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker, “You forced a referendum in France, you forced a referendum again in Holland, and you made the Irish vote again to kind of join on a European constitution.
“What we are saying is you don’t allow democracy when you don’t like it, isn’t that like those who are overridingly powerful, the elites telling us what to do? That is the kind of strong message he is sending out.”
Following the Salzburg summit, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claimed there is an “almost unanimous” backing among leaders for Britain to have a second referendum. Fortunately this twittering coterie of nobodies from nations whose populations are smaller than a many middle – sized British towns and whose annual GDP is about the same as the total takings of people selling pies, burgers and not dogs at an English Premier League soccer match do not have any influence on what happens in Britain.
In spite of the total irrelevance of his opinion, Muscat added: “There is a unanimous, or almost unanimous I would say right now, point of view around the table that we would like the almost impossible to happen, that the UK has another referendum.”
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said the UK will not have another vote on leaving the European Union.