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Labour piles on the agony over Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission appointment

By Sam Lister

David Cameron's "cack-handed" failed bid to block Jean-Claude Juncker's appointment is a "catastrophe" for Britain, Labour has claimed.

The party is attempting to keep up the pressure on the Prime Minister over his defeat on the arch-federalist's nomination as the next president of the European Commission.

Business leaders have warned that the country's economic success depends on it remaining a full member of the European Union.

But William Hague refused to be drawn on whether pulling out of the EU would be a disaster, insisting the decision was "up to the British people".

The Foreign Secretary said it was "far too early to say" if the Government would fail in its bid to renegotiate Britain's relationship with Brussels.

"The Prime Minister acknowledged that the task had got harder when he spoke after this on Friday," Mr Hague told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show yesterday.

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