Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in central London, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's Euroskeptic stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU, analysts said.Cameron then puzzled commentators by overlooking several big-hitters and picking a largely unknown ex-public relations man, Jonathan Hill, to be Britain's next European Commissioner.Analysts say neither move will boost Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU before holding an in-out referendum in 2017, as he has vowed to do if he is re-elected next year. Hill also has some experience of Europe, having worked with former prime minister John Major at the time of Britain's withdrawal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992, before going on to work for a public relations company.Cameron's "shocking" choice of Hill could weaken what influence Britain still has in the EU, while making it harder for Britain to get one of the senior commission posts it wants, said Hylke Dijkstra, Marie Curie Fellow at Oxford University.
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