The Prime Minister's threat to use the Parliament Act to force through plans for an in-out EU referendum has been dismissed by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners as a "bit of bluster" that had not been discussed with them.
"This sounds like a bit of bluster after the rather unedifying events of yesterday," a spokesman said in a reference to an immigration Bill vote that saw the PM swerve a confrontation with rebellious backbenchers.
"There hasn't been any discussion with us about this. The coalition Government have already legislated for the circumstances in which there would be a referendum.
"We don't agree with this Bill and we are not going to change our position just because the Tories have problems handling their backbenchers and are running scared of Ukip.
"It's also worth noting that it was the Tories who killed the bill in the Lords. We were happy to continue debating it.
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