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European Parliament is 'totally ridiculous', says Juncker

The European Parliament is "totally ridiculous", EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a heated outburst in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Mr Juncker was angered by only around 30 MEPs attending a plenary session to discuss the Maltese presidency of the EU.

EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani berated Mr Juncker and asked him to show more respect, adding: "The commission does not control the parliament. It is the parliament that should be controlling the commission."

Mr Juncker responded: "There are only a few members in the parliament to control the commission. You are ridiculous."


European Parliament 'unclear' on UK's Brexit strategy

The General Election results have left the European Parliament "unclear" what the UK's position on Brexit is.

While Theresa May spoke of a "hard Brexit" or even no deal in January, Brexit Minister Steve Baker told of the need for the "softest" Brexit on Tuesday.

A view seemingly echoed by Michael Gove who said the wishes of remain voters must also be taken into account.

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Scottish MEP begs EU: 'Don't let Scotland down'

Alyn Smith, the SNP Member of the European Parliament for Scotland, has pleaded with members to "not let Scotland down" after the country voted to Remain in the EU, in contrast to the UK overall.

Speaking in the European Parliament, he said: "There's a lot of things to be negotiated. We will need cool heads and warm hearts.

"But please remember this: Scotland did not let you down. Please, I beg you, do not let Scotland down now."

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