Italy's Monti bemoans Britain's isolation at EU summit

9th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Italy's new premier Mario Monti on Friday regretted Britain's decision to block EU treaty change designed to save the euro, saying it faced "certain isolation" in the immediate future.

Facing rising euroscepticism at home, Prime Minister David Cameron scuppered a call for treaty change aimed at enforcing budgetary discipline, demanding special favours for London's financial industry as a payback for his vote.

"Cameron made demands that were unacceptable, even to me," Monti told reporters. "Britain has shut itself out. It will be in certain isolation.

"It will have an impact on its influence and this displeases me because it is good to have a counter-weight to countries like France," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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