Jean-Claude Juncker (shown), the head of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive branch, has reignited a firestorm. In his annual State of the European Union (SOTEU) address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Juncker decried the “galloping populism” and nationalism that are responsible, he said, for placing the EU in “an existential crisis.” His speech confirmed charges that Euroskeptics had been making for years, especially in debates leading up to the historic Brexit vote in Britain this past June: that is, that EU globalists intended to continue centralizing political and economic power in Brussels until they had extinguished all national sovereignty and all national ability to resist an omnipotent EU superstate.
Particularly contentious were claims that EU planners were plotting to establish an EU military force, charges that the EU flatly denied. However, in his September 14 SOTEU speech, Juncker did indeed call for moving forward with the plan. United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), reminded voters that he and other Brexit advocates had warned this was coming. “President Juncker speaks openly today of an EU army, something the remainers vehemently denied during the referendum campaign,” Hookem said. “He has denied he wants it to run alongside NATO but how long before he wants to replace NATO in the wake of Brexit?”