Labour won’t support Juncker’s bid for President of the European Commission

9th June, 2014 3:49 pm

Amid rumours circulating today, Labour have confirmed this afternoon that they will not be supporting Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid for the presidency of the European Commission.

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In line with David Cameron’s opposition to Juncker’s bid, the party has said Mr Juncker will make EU reform “more difficult” and so Labour MEP’s will be voting against the ex-Prime Minister of Luxembourg if it comes to it.

Outlining the party’s position in a statement earlier today, a Labour spokesperson said:

“The nominee for European Commission President is ultimately a decision for the European Council, including David Cameron.

Labour will not support Jean-Claude Juncker as a candidate for President of the European Commission. Should Mr Juncker be put before the European Parliament, Labour MEPs would vote against him.

The message from the European elections was clear – that we need reform in Europe. We need reform so we can promote jobs and growth.

Mr Juncker’s record shows he would make these reforms more difficult.”

  • george

    if its not juncker … it will be some other federalist. may as well accept this one as he’s a bit more amenable to us opting out of some of the EU shackles.

  • R Fairless

    It has to be understood that the rest of the Commissioners and intended Commissioners are no different to Juncker; they all have the same beliefs and the same aims. It’s written into their DNA and the various treaties. All are committed to the European supra-national State with control increasingly exercised from the centre by the Commissioners. Come the 1st November 2014 Britain looses a huge chunk of its sovereignty as do all the other countries. So it matters not who is chosen. Cameron is expending a lot of hot air on something that makes no difference and the really sad thing is he knows it but his propaganda is for Home consumption.

  • robertcp

    Reform has become a meaningless word. I have no idea what the Labour spokesperson is on about!

  • Dan

    How shocking to see Labour agreeing with the Conservatives on something!

    ….said no-one ever.

  • Duncan Hall

    This shouldn’t be surprising – Junkers is the EPP candidate; the EPP is the biggest party in the European Parliament, so you would expect him to be successful despite facing significant opposition, especially from us and our European allies,
    The vague idea that had some traction in parts of Europe, however, was that the candidate of whichever party “won” the election would go forward, so you would therefore Junkers to be the successful candidate. This was intended to be some way of making the elections have some sort of tangible result. Hmm…

    • Doug Smith

      This is why Junkers should be President – he does at least have a veneer of democratic legitimacy.

      Labour is simply jumping on the anti-EU bandwagon.

  • Paul

    The SPD Spttizenkandidat Schulz has given his personal backing to a Juncker’s presidency on the basis of the long-agreed process – only now questioned by heads of state even though the SPD process was agreed in 2012, for example. I wonder if a decision to vote against the bulk of the SPD, if it comes to pass, will effectively mean that Labour leaves the SPD.

    This is all very short-sighted, especially when there’s a mechanism for the parliament to sack Juncker and his commissioners if they lose the confidence of MEPs over time.

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