morning's statement from President Barroso marks an interesting development - expected, but interesting.
Barosso, unsurprisingly, is highly critical of the UK for not signing up and tries to use Cameron's defence of the City and the single market against him. Not surprisingly either, French, German and Lib Dem MEP's rounded on Britain as splitters and blamed the City for causing the financial crisis.
Sadly, this marks a new low point in Britain's EU relations. In fact, the only way back from here is for the UK to hope the Euro does collapse, so that in time its stand will be seen as sensible and forward-thinking compared to the hysterical reactions of the French right-wing politicians currently.
Luckily, this is now the likely scenario for next year. It is very likely that at least Greece will fall out of the new agreement and so 26 become 25...and from there my crystal ball shows me no more, but more trouble there will be.
In addition, a new French Government may not quite see the need to election bash the British in the same way and nor will a new German Government.
Cameron really could have played his cards better, but an ambush it was and we are where we are. 2012 will be interesting - especially if the Euro elite get their due comeuppance.