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Britain in real danger of being "outvoted" in EU: Cameron

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 06:51:26

LONDON, June 30 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Monday that Britain is "in real danger of being outvoted" in the European Union (EU) following the country's failure to block former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's appointment as the next president of the European Commission.

"We are dealing with a very different European Union to the one in the Eighties. Back then, there were 12 member states -- now, there are 28. Back then, the British Prime Minister had a veto over such appointments -- now, I don't," Cameron lamented in an article published Monday in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph.

Juncker was supported by 26 of the bloc's 28 heads of government at a European Council meeting on Friday, with only Cameron and Hungary's Viktor Orban voting against the nomination.

"You don't turn around a tanker like the EU with ease; this will be tough, and we've always known that," Cameron said, adding that the EU's traditional principle of national government leaders deciding the European Commission presidency by consensus "was at stake."

In the article, the prime minister rejected the idea that he was isolated, stressing that Britain has for the first time won explicit recognition that "the concerns of the United Kingdom will need to be addressed."

Neither did Cameron accept that his political defeat in Brussels constituted a fatal blow to Britain's renegotiation strategy in Europe.

"The task of reforming Europe and securing Britain's place in a reformed Europe was always going to be a long and tough campaign - and this is just one battle in that campaign," he said.

He said he would stick to his battle to reform the EU, and his determination to succeed "for the sake of Britain and for the sake of Europe is even greater."

"I will keep on standing up for our principles, fighting for Britain's interests, fighting with all I have to reform the EU over the next few years," he pledged.

"In the European elections, people cried out for change -- not just in Britain, but across the Continent. They are intensely frustrated and they deserve a voice," the prime minister continued, adding that "Britain will be the voice of these people."

Cameron has promised an "in or out" referendum on Britain's European Union (EU) membership by 2017 if his Conservative Party wins the general election next year. He has been seeking to renegotiate the terms of British membership in a reformed EU.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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