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

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.”

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