Jean-Claude Juncker denies mocking Theresa May's Abba dancing

Matilda Long
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Jean-Claude Juncker has denied mocking Theresa May with an impression of her Tory Conference dancing.

The President of the EU Commission laughed and danced for a few seconds as he took to the podium before the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

Mr Juncker’s dance was remarkably similar to the one performed by the Prime Minister when she walked on stage for her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference last week to the tune of ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba.

Read more: EU’s Abba-themed response to May’s speech

An EU spokesperson denied that it was a planned dig at Theresa May, saying: “It was an improvisation on the moment as the music kept playing before he could start his speech.

“As the President had previously stated, he has great respect for PM May and he has demonstrated this in practice.”

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The PM’s unusual conference entrance last week was met with laughter and applause from Tory delegates – and widespread mockery from Twitter.

However, her self-deprecation was generally well received by the public, with commenters praising the rare display of personality.


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Today’s incident comes shortly after his EU colleague Donald Tusk was accused of attempting to humiliate her by mocking her Brexit negotiation on Instagram.

The European Council President posted a photo of himself and May standing next to a stand of cakes, accompanied by the caption: “A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries.”

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The caption referred to the long-running accusation by Brussels that the UK is attempting to ‘cherry-pick’ the most favourable elements of EU membership despite leaving the bloc.

The move was met with fury by ministers, with international trade secretary Liam Fox calling the behaviour ‘absolutely beyond the pale.’