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EU treaty veto causes rift in UK coalition

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EU treaty veto causes rift in UK coalition


Tensions are rising within the two parties of the UK’s coalition government since Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed changes to the EU treaty on Friday.

There are reports in the British press that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is privately angry at Cameron, according to a source close to Clegg.

However, Clegg has not publicly criticised the prime minister, and in a television interview with the BBC on Sunday, Clegg said he was ‘disappointed’ with the outcome of the summit in Brussels.

A number of high level Liberal Democrats are criticising Cameron, and their coalition partners, the Conservative Party. Liberal Democrat politicians are generally pro-European, whilst there is a section of the Conservative Party that is eurosceptic.

The decision to use the veto means the UK is possibly the only EU member state that will be left out of a new accord agreed by the other 26.

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