EU leaders nominate Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next European Commission president

David Cameron's bid to block the so-called arch-federalist from getting the job fails.

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David Cameron's efforts to block Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the next president of the European Commission have failed.

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, confirmed that EU leaders have chosen to nomiate Juncker despite opposition from the UK prime minister.

A vote was held among EU leaders, which was won 26 to 2 by supports of Juncker's nomination. As predicted, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban was the only other council member to join Cameron in voting against.

David Cameron has said on Twitter that he will always “stand up for UK interests”:

According to the Guardian, Cameron termed the process a “backroom deal” to appoint Juncker, who was being “railroaded” through against the wishes of Britain and Hungary.

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