UK threatens to leave if wrong EU leader is Chosen
According to German magazine Der Spiegel, British Prime Minister David Cameron has threatened German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the EU Summit last 27 May that the UK may leave the EU if the wrong leader is chosen.
The alleged warning by the British prime minister is a new roadblock for those desiring greater EU unity. EU-wide problems like migration and unemployment have caused a stir in the 28-member bloc in last week’s Parliamentary Election, spawning greater anti-EU sentiments in many countries.
Right now, the most popular name floating as the next EU Commissioner is Jean-Claude Juncker, former Luxembourg prime minister, federalist and pro-EU integration. Current Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso will be vacating his office in October.
The magazine wrote that Cameron told Merkel that Juncker could ‘destabilise his government to such a point that it would bring forward a referendum on whether to exit the EU.’ Eurosceptic groups like UKIP have dominated parliamentary votes in the recently concluded election.
Aside from the British leader, other EU leaders who are critical of Juncker as the next EU Commissioner include Sweden’s Fredrik Reinfeldt, Hungary’s Viktor Orbanand, the Netherlands’ Mark Rutte and Finland’s Jyrki Katainen.
The EU Commissioner was often named by the EU leaders. But the new rules state that the leaders must now ‘take into account’ the result of the EU Parliamentary Election when choosing a new commissioner. Jean-Claude Juncker had been nominated for the position by centre-right European People’s Party (EPP).