Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • Westminster must be recalled this week for a statement on the 'more powers' time...

    • source icon
    • 13:27
  • Trevor Timm | Is Obama really going back to war with a worse legal rationale than Bush? He sti...

    • source icon
    • 13:00
  • LabourList | Gordon Brown rules out return to frontline politics

    • source icon
    • 12:33
  • LabourList | Miliband outlines housebuilding plans – including “New Homes Corporations” and p...

    • source icon
    • 12:18
  • James Forsyth | Have the Scottish Tories been detoxified?

    • source icon
    • 12:15
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

Story Tracker

Select Story:

EU treaty change threatens Coalition

EU treaty change threatens Coalition
David Cameron has rejected Iain Duncan Smith's suggestion that closer eurozone integration would trigger a UK referendum.

Asked if a transfer of powers from 17 eurozone states to Brussels would trigger a plebiscite under the European Union Act, the Prime Minister said that there would only be a referendum "if a new treaty passes powers from UK to Brussels" adding that "as Prime Minister, I do not think the issue will arise".

"The position is set out very clearly. What the Act says is where there is a transfer of powers from London to Brussels, that should trigger a referendum. It couldn't be clearer.

"Prior to May 2010, there was a Conservative party policy on this issue, but we have a Coalition Government and we have a government policy."

But this afternoon, parliamentary aide Conor Burns argued that the UK should repatriate some powers from Brussels if the eurozone pursued greater fiscal union. He told the World at One: “What we would have is we would have a completely different relationship with a new entity: a locked eurozone, a single economy within the eurozone, and that does fundamentally change the relationship the United Kingdom has with that eurozone...

"Now the referendum lock that the Government has passed says that there should be a referendum if there is a transfer of power from Britain to Brussels. I can't see that these treaty changes will do that, but I think we should have a process where the powers are coming back the other way, as we promised at the last general election.”

Mr Duncan Smith's comments yesterday were also at odds with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who told the BBC that a referendum was unnecessary for a treaty change that did not take powers from the UK.

Green Box: EU treaty change threatens CoalitionClick to open

+ Expand all - Collapse all

Recommended External Links

Full access for £22 a month...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more

Latest PRO Content

On Air

Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio

Henry McLeish: Salmond a towering figure

Today on Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland

Hillary Benn: You can't have two classes of MP

Today on Today, BBC Radio 4

Sir Menzies Campbell: Salmond's contribution has been enormous

19/09/2014 on Sky News

See all On Air

Commons Reports

MPs pay tribute to Ian Paisley

12/09/2014