British Prime Minister David Cameron struck back at European Commission President on Thursday after José Manuel Barroso accused the British Conservative party of turning eurosceptic to win over more votes.
In a radio interview with British LBC Radio, Cameron said that he was ‘angry’ at Barroso’s criticism, adding that the president should not ‘lecture’ his party.
The comments came after Barroso suggested in his annual ‘State of the Union’ address on Wednesday that the British Conservatives are only ‘copying’ UKIP’s eurosceptic EU policy.
In an interview with Euronews on Thursday, Barroso said that he expects anti-EU parties to ‘gain some ground’ in next year’s European elections, but ‘a clear pro-European’ majority will remain.
Recent polls suggest that UKIP could become the biggest British party in the European Parliament.
‘But I believe that in the next Euroepan elections, the moderate forces from center-left to center-right that are basically pro-European, will keep a strong majority.
They (eurosceptics) might gain some ground, but I believe the big majority of Europeans will remain on the pro-European side.’ said EC’s president Jose Manuel Barroso.
In an attempt to win over the eurosceptic side of his own Conservative party, Cameron promised in January to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on the UK’s EU membership.