EUROPEAN Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that he would welcome any British attempt to re-join the EU after Brexit, as Brussels jumped on speculation about a second referendum.

Juncker commented: “I did note that in London there was a rather irritated response to this proposal, but even if the British leave according to article 50 (of the EU’s treaties), there is as well an article 49, which allows re-joining. I would like that,”

Juncker’s comment about possible re-accession comes a day after European Council President Donald Tusk said that the bloc’s “hearts were still open” if Britain decided to change its mind about leaving the EU.

UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton responded: “Escapees from prison don’t usually turn round immediately and bang on the door, demanding to go back inside.  Juncker is off his head, if he thinks there is any chance of Britain re-joining the EU.

“Last month, Juncker’s top ally, former European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, called for a United States of Europe.  This confirms UKIP’s warnings about the Eurocrats’ real intention of abolishing the nation states of Europe.”

Mr Hamilton continued: “Once we are out, others will want to follow us.  When the undemocratic, centralising EU has fallen apart, we can build a Europe of nations, respecting our differences and freely co-operating with one another.”

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