Nick Clegg: I don't agree with David Cameron's veto
Monday 12 December 2011
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tonight bluntly stated that he "did not agree" with David Cameron's decision to "isolate" Britain in Europe.
The Liberal Democrat delivered his most direct criticism yet after opting to stay away while Mr Cameron explained to MPs why he vetoed treaty proposals.
In an interview, Mr Clegg insisted the public were not bothered whether he was at the Prime Minister's side in the Commons or not. And he said he would be focusing on "building bridges" after last week's summit meltdown.
"I don't think people care too much who sits where in the House of Commons," Mr Clegg said.
"I would have been a distraction if I was there... I have made my views clear about Britain's isolation at the summit last week."
He went on: "The Prime Minister and I clearly do not agree on the outcome of the summit last week.
"I have made it very clear that I think isolation in Europe, where we are one against 26, is potentially a bad thing for jobs, a bad thing for growth and a bad thing for the livelihoods of millions of people in this country."
Asked whether the alliance with the Tories would survive until 2015 despite the divisions over Europe, Mr Clegg replied: "The coalition government is here to stay. On Europe what I am going to do is this: build bridges, re-engage and make sure that Britain's voice is heard at the top table in Europe.
"Why? Not for the sake of the European Union as a whole. Because I think that is the right thing for jobs in this country and growth in this country and for the livelihoods of millions of families in this country."
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
General Election 2015: Polish prince challenges Nigel Farage to a duel over immigration question
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...