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The former Ukip leader said the EU president’s unprecedented call to further federalise Europe and create an EU Army meant “no one in their right mind” would vote Remain again. 

Claiming Britain would regret Brexit, Mr Juncker left MEPs open-mouthed on Wednesday when he spelled out plans for an unprecedented power grab to “unite” Europe. 

It came as Boris Johnson took Downing Street by surprise by writing a 4,000 word article outlining his vision for a “bold, thriving Britain enabled by Brexit” – just days before the Prime Minister is due to deliver her keynote Brexit speech in Florence on Friday. 

Sources close to Mr Johnson were forced to deny it was a leadership challenge as the Foreign Secretary later tweeted: “Looking forward to PM’s Florence speech. All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit.” 

Dubbing Mr Juncker’s audacious “state of the union” address in the European Parliament a “very significant moment for Brexit”, Mr Farage said: “What Juncker said has killed off stone dead any prospect of a second referendum in this country because they would have no chance whatsoever of winning now. No more exemptions? No more opt outs? Let’s all join the euro, be ruled by a supreme European Court, extend Schengen and have an EU army? 

“Who in their right mind would vote for that? It’s a fantasy. If a referendum was held on that basis the other side wouldn’t even get 20 per cent. This shows the argument that we should remain in the EU to maintain the status quo as complete nonsense. There is no status quo, there is only a more and more federalised Europe. So there will be no second referendum.” 

Mr Juncker’s speech brought derision from across Europe. 

Germany’s Die Welt newspaper called it “absurd,” asking on which “star the EU spaceship and its captain Juncker have spent the past years”. 

Danish centrist MEP Morten Messerschmidt said: “It demonstrates exactly what’s wrong with the EU. Each time citizens react negatively to Brussels, the only solution is more federalism.”

MEP Hans Olaf Henkel, formerly the head of the German Federation of Industries, added: “Rather than showing regret over Brexit, looking for the reason why the UK felt it had to leave, and admitting his inflexibility over migration was a root cause, he launches into this fantasy direction.” 

Mr Farage said that far from expressing “Bregrets”, Mr Juncker’s speech would embolden Leavers and Remainers. 

He said: “It has hardened people’s resolve because it has confirmed their worst suspicions about the direction of travel in Brussels. All I get on my LBC show these days is calls from people who did vote Remain but who are happy to go with the majority. The latest polling suggests 68 to 70 per cent of Brits just want the Government to get on with it. Now Juncker has spoken I wouldn’t be surprised if that number was 100 per cent.” 

Yesterday Mr Johnson set out his vision of Britain’s “glorious” post-Brexit future as a low-tax, low regulation economy paying nothing to the EU for access to the single market. 

He also restated one of the most controversial claims of the leave campaign, saying the £350million a week sent to Brussels should be redirected to fund the NHS. 

Last night, fellow Brexiteer and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg praised Mr Johnson for speaking out, saying: “Boris is the voice piece of Leavers. What he’s saying is that he strongly believes the voice of the country should be heard and not be silenced.” 

John Longworth, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave said: “Boris is right to be optimistic about Britain’s post Brexit future. 

“We have every chance to create a high growth, high wage, free market economy provided we make a clean break and leave the single market and the customs union as soon as possible.”


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