He warned that if a constitutional change was enacted through tinkering with internal rules, it would mean that ‘any majority government could change standing orders to restrict the voting rights of any Member.’Mr Cameron replied: 'The Government has a very clear view which is we believe the right answer is reform, renegotiation and referendum and we go into that believing Britain will be successful - and that is the view of all the Government and every Government minister.'But his hopes of securing changes to the EU's treaties within the next two years were left in tatters yesterday after France and Germany stitched up a secret deal bypassing the UK to tighten their grip on Europe.
Mr Cameron held talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at Chequers on Monday night – pushing his plan to overhaul Britain's relationship with Brussels before holding an in-out referendum in 2017.
Otherwise, Scotland could be dragged out against our will.
The Aim: Paves the way for an In/Out referendum by 2017 at the latest.
The Conservatives promised in their manifesto to end public subsidy for future onshore wind turbines, after David Cameron said people were ‘fed up’ with them being built.
But the Queen’s Speech revealed the Government would consult with Scotland and Northern Ireland before making any changes to their regime.
The Aim: Sweeping new electronic surveillance powers for the police and security services, including to monitor use of social media sites .
MI5 and GCHQ would be able to break so-called encrypted social apps – increasingly used by Islamic State and other jihadis.
Now that Labour has reversed its opposition to a referendum - it should be easily passed by MPs.
But it will face a much stiffer test in the House of Lords where the lack of a Tory majority will allow challenges over key aspects including the question, the timing and who can vote.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has already demanded a veto over the slashing of subsidies in Scotland, where more than half the UK’s 4,945 onshore turbines are situated.
Subsidies worth around £1billion a year are paid to UK wind farm operators for the electricity they generate.
The Conservatives' preferred wording has been: 'Do you think that the United Kingdom should be a member of the European Union? An Act of Parliament is required for any such national vote to happen.