June 27, 2014 / 2:56 PM / 5 years ago

Cameron outvoted 26-2 in unprecedented EU vote on Juncker: UK

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In an unprecedented vote forced on EU leaders by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the European Council voted 26-2 on Friday to nominate Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the executive European Commission, a British official said.

Only Cameron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban voted against. It marked a break with a tradition of filling key roles by consensus and underlined Cameron’s strong objections to Juncker and the way in which his candidacy was proposed by the European Parliament.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Paul Taylor; Writing by Alastair Macdonald

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