The House of Commons’s European Scrutiny Committee has said that David Cameron, the Prime Minister would need treaty change to deliver substantial reforms to the European Union.
The Prime Minister had support for his reforms at a summit to be held this Thursday but the Committee said that formal treaties would be needed to guarantee these changes were implemented.
Bill Cash, the Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, said “there is no certainty that they will be delivered to the British people” without treaty change. A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union is expected to be held in 2017 and treaty changes would likely be impossible before this date.
Cash added that “this is a historic referendum that will determine the future of our country. We have to warn the voters”.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister has been clear that the reforms we are seeking will need to be legally binding and irreversible, and that some will require treaty change. His position hasn’t changed”.