Europe's leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to the top job in the European Union on Friday, despite staunch opposition by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
A British official said the vote was 26-2 in favor of the former prime minister of Luxembourg. Just Cameron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposed his appointment as the new president of the European Commission. He must now appear before European Parliament and a confirmation vote is scheduled for July 16.
The result - although not a surprise - has led some to criticize Cameron's public battle to block Juncker's rise to the top job.
While Cameron had a number of supporters in his opposition to Juncker, a career Eurocrat whose appointment Cameron argued would be "the wrong approach for Europe," he appeared to have alienated them by going publicly out on a limb over the issue, rather than pursue consensus.
Speaking at a press conference following the vote in Brussels, Cameron said it was a "bad day for Europe". He added that the Juncker decision had made him "even more determined" to reform the EU, as his appointment would risk undermining the position of national parliaments in the Europe.
'Wake up and smell the coffee'
The approach may have garnered praise among the sizable number of euroskeptics in the U.K., but it rankled a large part of the 28-strong EU.