BRUSSELS: The president of the European Commission has said claims he wants to create a European “superstate” are “total nonsense”.
Jean-Claude Juncker said some Britons wrongly saw him as a “stupid, stubborn federalist”.
He was responding to a speech about Brexit by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Mr Johnson said the EU wanted to create an “overarching European state” and that integration was deepening.
“British politicians, Labour and Tory, have always found that ambition very difficult,” Mr Johnson said.
“It is hard to make it cohere with our particular traditions of independent parliamentary and legal systems that go back centuries.”
Asked about the foreign secretary’s remarks, Mr Juncker replied: “Some in the British political society are against the truth, pretending that I am a stupid, stubborn federalist, that I am in favour of a European superstate.
“I am strictly against a European superstate. We are not the United States of America, we are the European Union, which is a rich body because we have these 27, or 28, nations.
“The European Union cannot be built against the European nations, so this is total nonsense.”__BBC