NIGEL FARAGE took a hilarious swipe at Jean-Claude Juncker at a Brexit Party rally this afternoon when he took aim at the former President of the European Commission’s reputation for liking a drink.
Addressing crowds in Buckley, in north-east Wales, the life-long Brexiteer took aim to the former European Commission President as he boasted he had been underestimated for years over his determination to see the UK one day leave the EU. Mr Farage was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and has campaigned for the UK to quit the trade bloc ever since.
Reminiscing about the day he told EU politicians they had underestimated his resolve, the Brexit Party leader told the rally: “I was used over many many long years to being told there was no chance of my vision happening.
“I was told there would never even be a referendum, let alone winning a referendum.”
South East England MEP then turned his attention to Mr Juncker as he made a jibe about the former Luxembourg Prime Minister’s drinking habits.
He said: “Two days after the result, I was sitting in the European parliament next to Mr Juncker.
“It was the afternoon so I doubt he knew I was there.”
As he Brexit Party crowd burst out laughing at the joke, Mr Farage added: “I mean, I like a drink, but crikey!”
Mr Juncker has faced numerous accusations in the past for being drunk when representing the EU at official events.
He faced backlash after being accused of inappropriately kissing political leaders and ruffling the hair of officials in a series of bizarre actions while on camera.
During a NATO summit in July 2018, the former eurocrat appeared to struggle to keep his balance before a gala dinner in Brussels.
Unsteady on his feet, the 63-year-old was helped by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Portuguese leader Antonio Costa.
The 64-year-old put the incident down to suffering from sciatica, which he says was the result of a car crash that left him in a coma for three weeks in 1989.
However, the politician’s public unsteadiness has previously been accused of being down to a drink problem.
Responding to accusations in May, Mr Juncker said: “I no longer answer these questions.
“I’ve said it many times that I do not have a problem with alcohol.
“Stupid journalists always ask the same question, even though this question has already been answered.”
Mr Juncker stood down as European Commission President last week after serving five years in the role.
He has been replaced by Ursula von der Leyen, a former German defence minister and close ally of Angela Merkel.