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Cameron Vetoes EU Treaty

David Cameron has said he “genuinely looked to reach an agreement” at the EU summit but vetoed treaty change because it was not in the national interest.

Mr Cameron told MPs he negotiated in “good faith” and his demands were “modest, reasonable and relevant”.

The prime minister said he used the veto as he did not secure “sufficient safeguards” on financial regulation.

His pro-European Deputy PM Nick Clegg, decided not to take his usual place alongside the PM in the Commons.

Labour leader Ed Miliband questioned why Mr Clegg was not in the Commons, saying the PM could “not even persuade” his deputy of the merits of his actions.

‘National interest’

The statement began with Labour MPs shouting “where’s Clegg” – and later during the statement Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries accused the Lib Dem leader of “cowardice” while a succession of Labour MPs asked the PM if he knew where Mr Clegg was.

After the Commons statement Mr Clegg told reporters that everyone knew he and prime minister disagreed on the outcome of the summit: “I would have been a distraction if I was there.”

He added: “Being isolated as one is potentially bad for jobs, bad for growth, bad for the livelihoods of millions of people in this country, but the coalition government is here to stay.”

Nick Clegg: “Being isolated as one is potentially bad… but the coalition government is here to stay.”

Giving an account of the decisions he took in Brussels in Friday, Mr Cameron insisted he had agreed his negotiating stance with his Lib Dem partners before the summit and the two parties had to “put aside differences” to work in the national interest.

via BBC News – EU veto: Cameron says he negotiated in ‘good faith’.

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