The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament called on the European Union to urgently change its current direction.

Speaking during the September 13 State of the Union debate in the European Parliament, the group’s co-chair Syed Kamall said: “Today President Junker said the EU had the wind in its sails. Anyone that heard his speech now knows what direction he is sailing it in – towards a United States of Europe. Juncker’s plan is to step-by-step move more power away from members states, and move it towards Brussels.”

While the focus of trade and open markets was encouraging, Kamall warned that more and more regulation is not the answer, nor are more EU Growth plans.

In turn, Polish MEP Ryszard Legutko, who co-chairs the ECR, added: “Mr Junker has suggested there has been a debate on the Future of Europe. But a debate is when you don’t know the end conclusion. But we already know it. It will be the same old, ‘more Europe, more Europe’ and ‘we need to keep moving forwards’. That is not the answer. Let us look at what is happening first. We need to get the EU’s house in order before there can even be a discussion on centralising even further.”