1) President Juncker: Britain “closer to leaving EU”

telegraphleaving“Britain has moved a step closer to leaving the European Union after David Cameron declared “war” on Brussels over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker. Keeping Britain in the EU “has got harder”, the Prime Minister said, after he was outvoted by 26 to two in his attempt to prevent Mr Juncker becoming the European Commission president. The result emboldened Eurosceptic MPs and Ukip supporters who want to leave the EU. However, Mr Cameron said he would wage a “long, tough fight” to reform Brussels before campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU in an in-out referendum he has promised to hold in 2017.” – Daily Telegraph

  • “Mr Cameron objected to the way Mr Juncker, a 59-year-old veteran of Brussels deal-making, was put forward. He was lead candidate of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), which won last month’s European elections. “I’ve told EU leaders they could live to regret the new process for choosing the Commission President,” Mr Cameron tweeted after the decision. He told them it was “a sad moment for Europe” and expressed his “disappointment it has reached this point”. In the past such appointments were made by the EU leaders – called the European Council – by unanimity.” – BBC
  • “GLOATING Jean-Claude Juncker will be raising a glass or two after being crowned European Commission President, but David Cameron can at least hold his head up. The Prime Minister knew it was a stitch-up. He knew he’d end up isolated and humiliated (although relying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s help was naïve). So fair play to him for sticking to his guns and forcing it to a vote.” – The Sun Says(£)
  • “The prime minister’s only ally was Viktor Orban, of Hungary, despite earlier promises of support from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The decision to overrule objections to Mr Juncker makes it more likely that Britain will vote to leave the EU in a referendum in 2017, Mr Cameron said.” – The Times(£)
  • Liar, bully and boozer who sneers at Britain – Daily Mail

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2) President Juncker: German press brands Cameron the “Rooney of Europe”- also the Rambo and the Don Quixote

rambo“German media wasted no time in using Mr Cameron’s defeat to ridicule both him and the England football team. Newspaper Bild said he ‘is becoming more and more the Wayne Rooney of EU politics: he lines up, he loses, he goes home’. The Prime Minister said support for the EU in Britain was already ‘wafer thin’ and would be further undermined by Mr Juncker’s coronation ahead of the in/out referendum the Tories have pledged to hold in 2017 if re-elected. He condemned the EU’s new boss as ‘the career insider of Brussels’ , saying he represented ‘a big step backwards’. Mr Cameron, who says he wants Britain to remain in a reformed EU, added: ‘If you want change, is that the type of person you want for the future?’ ” – Daily Mail

  • “Die Welt newspaper said Mr Cameron, like Rambo, ran in “head first all guns blazing”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung compared the Prime Minister to Don Quixote, who believed he was a knight fighting heroic battles while in reality he was tilting at windmills while riding a donkey.” – Daily Telegraph

3) President Juncker: Some EU leaders says British concerns could still be met

MERKEL Angela Blue“The leaders of Sweden and Germany have offered encouragement to David Cameron after his defeat in a vote on the new European Commission president…Sweden backed Mr Juncker but after the vote PM Fredrik Reinfeldt said he knew closer union was not “for everyone”. Germany’s Angela Merkel said she was ‘ready to address British concerns’.” – BBC

  • “Cameron made clear that he would stop short of embarking on the step that some eurosceptics and even some ministers have been urging him to take- campaigning for a No vote in his planned referendum unless the EU embarks on significant reform.Asked whether the appointment of Juncker made it more likely that he might campaign for a referendum no vote, the prime minister said: “My goal is exactly the same as it was before today, which is to act in Britain’s national interest. I believe Britain’s national interest lies in reforming the EU, holding a referendum about that reform in the EU and recommending that we stay in a reformed EU. Has that got harder to achieve? Yes. Is it still the right thing to do? Yes. Will I give it absolutely everything I have got to achieve it. Yes I will. ” – The Guardian
  • “Splendid isolation is not the way to win arguments in the EU. Mr Cameron would have more influence if Conservative MEPs were part of the EPP, from which he withdrew them in 2009. Instead they are in a Euro Parliament group of odds and sods which includes a rival party to Ms Merkel’s.” – Andrew Grice The Independent

4) Leader writers and pundits contemplate BREXIT

charlesmoore“If Europe wanted to drive Britain away, then the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker was the way to go about it. The Prime Minister made it plain that he, rightly, regarded Mr Juncker’s appointment as a threat to the UK’s interests. Britain is trying to renegotiate its relationship with the EU as part of a much wider argument about how the project should best adapt to the challenges of the modern world – by returning sovereignty to national parliaments, cutting regulation and embracing the benefits of globalisation. David Cameron has indicated that he will only be able to make the case for staying in during any referendum campaign if he can achieve such reforms.” – Leader Daily Telegraph

  • “Last night, in defeat, a bloodied Mr Cameron said: ‘I believe our national interest lies in reforming the EU, holding a referendum and recommending we stay in. Has that got harder to achieve? Yes.’ The Mail will be watching the next rounds of his fight for Britain against the European establishment with the closest attention. With every successive defeat for the UK, however honourable, the campaign for withdrawal can only gather strength.” – Leader Daily Mail
  • “Until now, he has been saying: “Trust me, and I shall come up with something”, when trust is the commodity most lacking among British voters on this subject. Yesterday, he praised his own courage in “standing up for what you believe”. If he now stands up for the free-trade-area destination he believes in for Britain in Europe and says he will vote No in a referendum if he does not get it, he will show that courage on a much bigger scale.” – Charles Moore Daily Telegraph
  • “We will, then, end up with a straight In/Out referendum on the current terms. No nonsense about better terms, no pretence of a meaningful renegotiation. Rather the opposite, in fact: we can now see that remaining in the EU will drag us along the federative road down which 26 of the 28 governments have just started.” – Daniel Hanan Daily Telegraph

5) Fox praises Cameron’s stance

FOX Liam blue background“The Prime Minister has shown Britain will not take a back-seat approach to reform of the European Union. If Juncker represents an even more integrated EU, then the Prime Minister has shown he supports an agenda for reform. This fight has not weakened the Prime Minister and Britain’s role in Europe. Instead, it has shown that after 13 years of Labour, a British Prime Minister can stand up for British values and also unapologetically fight for change to an overburdening European bureaucracy. He said what he was going to do and did it.” – Liam Fox The Sun(£)

Patrick Rock charged over child abuse images

“A former senior adviser to the prime minister has been charged by police over child abuse images. Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in London in February after Downing Street officials contacted officers. The 63-year-old was questioned by investigators from the newly formed National Crime Agency. Mr Rock was deputy head of David Cameron’s policy unit at the time of his arrest and they have known each other since the late 1990s. They worked together as special advisers.” – BBC

Grayling brings in “lights out” policy for young offenders

GRAYLING Chris blue“Young offenders will have their cell lights and televisions turned off at 10.30pm sharp to enforce earlier bed times, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has ordered. The restriction, affecting those aged 15 to 17, is aimed at imposing stricter discipline on inmates and to prevent them from staying up all night watching programmes. “The public expects that serious offenders face prison,” said Grayling. “That is right. But it is also crucial that young people, most of whom have had chaotic and troubled lives, finally get the discipline so badly needed to help turn their lives around.” – The Guardian

Miliband warns of border posts with an independent Scotland…

“Ed Miliband has said a Labour government at Westminster would consider building border posts if Scotland voted for independence. The Labour leader said he “would have to look at the issue of a border” if the Scottish government achieved its goal of a looser immigration policy. His comments came during a lunch with journalists in Edinburgh.” – BBC

  • “Massive” reserves of shale gas found in Scotland – The Sun(£)

…while Lord Young says Scotland is a “misogynistic country”

“There is a school of thought among some Tories that party interests should be put before those of the Union on the issue of Scottish independence. After all, what’s not to like about jettisoning all those Labour seats? I’m not sure if Lord Young, who sat in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, is among them, but he is not going out of his way to charm the people of Scotland. “It’s a misogynist country,” he says of the land of the brave. “The reason why the Conservatives lost all their seats was because of Margaret, because she was a woman.” – Daily Telegraph

Public services face crisis under the Tories warns Cooper

COOPER Yvette looking right“The NHS, police, education system and social care are at risk of an “existential crisis” within the next five years if the Conservatives win the next election, Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, will warn on Saturday. In a wide-ranging speech the senior Labour MP, tipped as a future leader, will say public services are about empowerment and opportunities – not just a safety net, as the Tories believe. She will make the comments at a conference organised by the Fabian Society, which sets out its own 12 ideas for Labour’s manifesto.” – The Guardian

News in brief

  • Sir Tony Cunningham MP to stand down – BBC
  • Interest rates to rise to 2.5 per cent by 2017 increasing mortage bill by £2,000 a year – Daily Mail
  • GMB vote to join council workers strike – BBC
  • Pay rises for union leader fat cats – The Sun
  • Church to continue investing in Wonga – Daily Mail



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