JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has lashed out at "stupid" critics who accuse him of having a drink problem.
The Brussels boss angrily denied speculation that he is a drunk and hit out at newspapers for running stories questioning his health. AFP Jean-Claude Juncker denies having a drink problem The rumours have been fuelled by numerous public appearances at which he has appeared unsteady on his feet, including at last summer’s NATO summit.
But he insisted he does "not have a problem with alcohol" and pointed to the official explanation that he suffers from sciatica caused by a car crash.
Asked about his health, Mr Juncker fumed: "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."
The 64-year-old Luxembourger is due to retire as Brussels boss on November 1 – the day after Britain is set to quit the EU .
He revealed that he still expects the UK to leave on that date and does not expect it to apply to rejoin the bloc in the future.
Asked if delaying Brexit increased the chances of it being reversed, he replied that "drunk or not" the fact Brits voted for Brexit hasn’t changed. I’ve said it many times that I do not have a problem with alcohol Jean-Claude Juncker Mr Juncker also revealed that he had told David Cameron not to hold the referendum in 2016, warning him: "You will lose it."
He said: "My working assumption is that they will leave, at the latest on October 31.
"It may be that in some years from now they will reconsider their decision, but that’s not my working assumption.
“It’s a British problem. It is not a European problem, it is a European difficulty.
"But it was a British problem because they never felt themselves at ease in this European Union.”
His remarks came as it emerged EU officials are worried Britain’s participation in the Euro elections will complicate the appointment of the next EU chief.
Senior Eurocrats believe the "mess" caused by the UK taking part in the contest will act as a "wake-up call" for leaders not to grant another Brexit delay.
They also reacted with annoyance to the collapse of cross-party talks between Labour and the Tories which many EU officials feel were a waste of time.
A Commission spokesman said: "We’re in a situation where London talks to London, there is nothing we can do at this stage.
"When this process in London is over then of course we are here, ready to engage and, of course, always October 31 is very much in the picture." Rex Features Mr Juncker has long been accused of drinking too much Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says No Deal preparations will have to be ramped up
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