WHAT THEY have said"(This) does not mean that Britain is not a generous nation that does not want to help its allies. We have lent €7bn to Ireland, our economies are very integrated and I think the Irish are doing some very difficult things to get their economy back on track. We support them in the work that they are doing." David Cameron, British PM, on exercising the veto over the Brussels Compact.
Published 18/12/2011 | 05:00
"I am bitterly disappointed by the outcome of last week's summit, precisely because I think there is now a real danger that over time the United Kingdom will be isolated and marginalised within the European Union. . . If I'd been at the summit, things would have been different. I'm not under the same constraints from my parliamentary party that clearly David Cameron is."
Nick Clegg, deputy British PM.
"We did everything, the German chancellor and I, so that the English would be on board. But from now on, there are clearly two Europes. One that wants more solidarity between members, and regulation; and one that is attached solely to the logic of the single market . . . You have to understand this is the birth of a different Europe -- that of the eurozone."