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Britain takes dramatic step towards EU exit door as Jean-Claude Juncker elected Commission president, leaving Cameron humiliated
- Luxembourger nominated by EU leaders to be next Commission president
- Only Hungary backed Britain against 26 other EU countries
- Decision a humiliating blow for Cameron who said it was ‘worrying moment’
- Furious Cameron says EU leaders could ‘live to regret’ snub
- Prime Minister attacked Merkel and other EU leaders for ignoring Britain
- Said he was ‘completely unapologetic’ about fighting Juncker’s appointment
- Tells EU leaders there will be ‘consequences’ of ignoring Britain’s opposition
- But Cameron told to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ by Finland’s premier
- Fears among other European leaders that vote could force UK out of Europe
- UKIP says ‘humiliated and defeated’ Cameron ‘Johnny No Mates of Europe’
- Labour claim Prime Minister has united Europe against the United Kingdom
Britain today took a dramatic step towards leaving the European Union after David Cameron was humiliated in his bid to block ‘arch federalist’ Jean-Claude Juncker getting Brussels’ most powerful post.
Mr Cameron made a last ditch plea to other European leaders not to appoint Mr Juncker the president of the EU Commission, warning they would ‘live to regret’ their decision.
But the Prime Minister was defeated by 26 countries to two – with only Hungary siding with the UK. Brussels chief Herman Van Rompuy announced on Twitter: ‘Decision made. The European Council proposes Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission.’
Asked about the chances of renegotiation Britain’s EU membership in the wake of the humiliation, Mr Cameron said: ‘The job has got harder. It makes it harder and it makes the stakes higher.’
An agitated David Cameron admitted he had lost ‘the battle’ to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming Commission president but claimed he would ‘win the war’ to reform the EU