The nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission President represents an "abject failure of leadership" for David Cameron, said Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander:
The outcome of today’s summit represents an abject failure of leadership for David Cameron.
David Cameron’s basic errors of statecraft and diplomacy have let Britain down.
His excuses will fool nobody, least of all his own backbenchers.
Defeat for David Cameron was not inevitable. Yet it was predictable. Because for the past four years he’s been burning bridges with our European allies when he should have been building alliances.
It should be no surprise that David Cameron failed to stop such a long-standing EU figure being nominated as European Commission president.
The PM's friends in Europe are bewildered that he would rather go down in flames than try for the best deal possible in the circumstances.
David Cameron is cruising for Euro-bruising over the election of Jean-Claude Jucker