Hans-Olaf Henkel, vice-president of the European Parliament’s third-largest group the European Conservatives and Reformists, said Brexit was a “big disaster” that Mr Juncker was ignoring.
European Commission president Mr Juncker delivered his much-anticipated State of the Union speech on Wednesday with a swipe at Britain by insisting the EU will move towards greater integration despite Brexit.
But, speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Henkel said the UK’s decision to leave the Brussels bloc would be just as bad for the EU as Britain.
He said: “He called it a full vision of Europe. I must say, it was more a fools vision of Europe because he seemed to have totally ignored the realities of Europe.
EXPRESS•GETTYHans-Olaf Henkel criticised Jean-Claude Juncker's post Brexit vision for the EU
He called it a full vision of Europe. I must say, it was more a fools’ vision of Europe
German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel
“He somehow implied that Brexit would be a new opportunity for Europe.
“First of all, this is a big disaster. Not only for the UK, it is at least as difficult for the European Union and he has ignored that fact very much.
“By the way he has also ignored his own responsibility for the Brexit because I noticed that the speeches of Farage or Johnson, who were fighting for Brexit, they could always refer to Juncker,