Date
17 December 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker (center) has won the top job at the European Commission despite stiff opposition from Britain. Photo: Bloomberg
Jean-Claude Juncker (center) has won the top job at the European Commission despite stiff opposition from Britain. Photo: Bloomberg

Juncker nominated to top EU job; Britain isolated

Britain failed in its efforts to block Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the next president of the European Commission as the former Luxembourg prime minister received resounding support in his nomination to the top job in Brussels Friday.

The latest development could hasten Britain’s exit from the European Union, the Washington Post noted.

On Friday, 26 of 28 countries in the EU voted in favor of Juncker — only the United Kingdom and Hungary dissented — to become the next president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body.

Cameron said he will continue to work with “intensity and with grit” to reform the scale, size and scope of the EU, but conceded that the task of keeping Britain in the bloc was now harder, the report said.

Cameron had publicly opposed Juncker due to the belief that Juncker is an arch-federalist who will thwart efforts to reform the EU.

The British PM also opposed the new way that the European Parliament — not the elected heads of national governments — effectively put forward its preference for the leading candidate.

“Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war,” Cameron told reporters after the vote in Brussels.

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