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Britain minister condemns "cowardice" of EU leaders over Juncker vote

Published on Jun 28, 2014 10:54 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Two British ministers condemned on Saturday EU leaders who privately voiced concerns over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President but voted for him at a summit in Brussels, with one calling them cowards over the decision.

On Friday, EU heads of government outvoted British Prime Minister David Cameron with 26 leaders backing Juncker's candidacy against Cameron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Oban who both opposed the move.

British opposition to Juncker centred around fears that the former prime minister of Luxembourg and veteran deal-broker at EU summits lacks the will to overhaul the EU, with Cameron saying any reform attempts would now be "longer and tougher".

Cameron, some of whose own ruling Conservative Party favour a British exit from the EU, has promised voters a referendum on leaving the bloc by 2017 - if he wins re-election next year.

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