David Cameron has taken calls from Chancellor Angela Merkel and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the appointment of the next President of the European Commission, a Downing Street spokesperson said.
– Downing Street spokesperson
The PM took calls from Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Rutte this afternoon, ahead of the European Council. Discussions focused on the appointment of the next Commission President.
The Prime Minister explained that his opposition to the “Spitzenkandidaten” process would not change. Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Rutte recognised the PM’s position and agreed that if the European Council decides not to proceed by consensus then there should be a vote.