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• Eurocrats predict a 'great divorce' amid doubt on the UK's future in the EU
• But PM says Britain will stay in EU as long as 'membership in our interest'
• Sarkozy 'had to be physically restrained' during historic talks on the euro
• PM's decision delights Tory eurosceptics but the Lib Dems are less pleased
• Hague vows Britain will not contribute to 200bn euro extra bailout fund
• Heseltine warns: 'There's no way you can protect interest of City by floating off into the Atlantic'
‘This is going to cost the UK dearly. They have antagonised everyone,’ said one senior EU official. ‘I don’t believe David Cameron was ever with us at the table,’ complained Germany’s Angela Merkel.
France’s Le Monde newspaper pronounced ‘The Europe of 27 is finished’, while Germany’s Der Spiegel declared ‘Bye Bye Britain’.
Mr Sarkozy was said to have had to be physically restrained during ten-hour talks that went on through the night, and afterwards ‘blanked’ the Prime Minister by dodging his handshake in the manner of a sulking teenager.
He told Mr Cameron that while others were trying to save the Eurozone he was issuing ‘irrelevant’ demands to make London an ‘offshore centre’ taking cash away from Europe.
After an unnamed French official said Mr Cameron had behaved ‘like a man at a wife-swapping party who refuses to bring his own wife’, the Prime Minister said: ‘I have not and have no plans to attend any wife-swapping parties.’
But Labour leader Ed Miliband accused Mr Cameron of being ‘imprisoned by the Eurosceptics’ in his party.
‘It makes us marginal to the big decisions on Europe,’ he said. ‘It is no way to run a foreign policy. And it lets down our country.’
Labour’s former Europe minister Denis MacShane, a strong supporter of the EU, said: ‘There is now little point in Britain staying in the EU.
'I congratulate . . . Eurosceptics on their victory. It is a historic turning point and Britain might as well get out now, as Europe’s future will be settled without us.’
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