BBC News – UK ‘threatens to quit EU over presidency’

British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on 21 March 2014.David Cameron and Angela Merkel seem at odds over who ought to head the EU fee

German journal Der Spiegel says British PM David Cameron warned that the UK might depart the EU if Luxembourg ex-PM Jean-Claude Juncker turned president of the European Commission.

It reported Mr Cameron as saying that the appointment might destabilise his authorities, which can deliver ahead referendum plans on EU membership.

Downing Street has not but commented.

Mr Juncker’s European People’s Party gained the most important variety of seats within the European parliament within the May polls.

The centre-proper social gathering, which additionally consists of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, gained 213 out of 751 seats within the Parliament and selected Mr Juncker as its candidate for the presidency, succeeding Portugal’s Jose Manuel Barroso.

But David Cameron and a number of other different European leaders have voiced opposition to his appointment, which has acquired the backing of Chancellor Merkel.

Brussels warning

Correspondents say Mr Cameron had made his views clear, at an off-the-cuff EU summit earlier this week, that he needed a reformer to take cost of the EU government.

Der Spiegel says the British prime minister issued the warning to Angela Merkel through the assembly in Brussels.

Quoting “sources shut to the individuals” of the summit, the influential journal stated Mr Cameron advised Chancellor Merkel that choosing Mr Juncker might destabilise his authorities to such an extent that an in-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership would have to be introduced ahead.

The journal quotes Mr Cameron as telling the German chancellor that “a face from the Nineteen Eighties can’t remedy the issues of the subsequent 5 years”.

A senior authorities supply informed the BBC it didn’t recognise the language about destabilisation and that it isn’t one thing the prime minister would have stated.

Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech during the announcement of the European elections results on 25 May 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy for EU president has the help of a number of nationwide leaders

But the BBC’s Chris Morris in Brussels says it’s no secret that Mr Cameron opposes Mr Juncker and that the UK view is that the necessity for change is properly established.

The report comes a day after Angela Merkel made her clearest assertion but of help for Mr Juncker and leaves her in a troublesome place, our correspondent says.

He provides that a lot of the German political institution believes Mr Juncker ought to get the job as a result of his get together would be the largest political grouping.

EU leaders historically select the Commission head on their very own, however underneath new guidelines have to “take into consideration” the outcomes of the European elections.

Downing Street has emphasised that will probably be nationwide governments – not the European parliament – which could have to agree on the president.

Mr Juncker’s fundamental rival is the Socialist candidate Martin Schulz.

Mr Juncker is understood for his position in chairing the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers that had to make robust selections about struggling debt-laden nations.

Mr Juncker isn’t thought to be amenable to a large-ranging renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

Other leaders opposing the appointment embrace Sweden’s Fredrik Reinfeldt and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

M M:forty eight am – Source: bbc.co.uk
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