Former Belgian prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has accused David Cameron of "playing with fire" over Europe:
– Guy Verhofstadt, Lib Dem leader in European Parliament
By holding out the prospect of renegotiating the terms of Britain's membership of the EU and subjecting it to a referendum, David Cameron is playing with fire.
He can control neither the timing nor the outcome of the negotiations and in so doing is raising false expectations that can never be met ,,,
His speech was full of inconsistencies, displaying a degree of ignorance about how the EU works.