For immediate release: Monday 9th September 2015
Attn: NEWS DESKS / POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS
PM HAS 'COMPLETELY LOST CONTROL’ OF EU REFERENDUM BILL SAYS SNP
SNP International Affairs spokesperson Alex Salmond has said that David Cameron has ‘completely lost control’ of the EU referendum following a defeat in the House of Commons.
The UK government had already suffered a series of embarrassing U-turns on the EU referendum in recent weeks, with this latest defeat highlighting how weak the Tory majority in the House of Commons actually is.
Westminster SNP International Affairs spokesperson Alex Salmond MP said:
“UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been defeated on the EU referendum in the House of Commons and has completely lost control of the process.
“It is clear that the UK Government’s arrogance has cost them dearly. First David Cameron backed down on collective Cabinet responsibility, then in the face of parliamentary defeat in June he collapsed in his attempt to hold it on the same day as the Scottish elections and, just last week, he was again turned over by the Electoral Commission on the referendum question. Now he has been defeated in the Commons with the help of his own backbenchers.
“David Cameron has completely lost control of the European referendum process and is now being controlled entirely by events and parliamentary arithmetic. The arrogance of the Prime Minister and the UK Government has been their downfall – this latest defeat shows that they cannot ride roughshod over parliament.”