Cameron, in demanding the commitment of ministers to the outcome of the renegotiations, is playing fast and loose with words … as so often.
The manifesto commitment is this:
It will be a fundamental principle of a future Conservative Government that membership of the European Union depends on the consent of the British people – and in recent years that consent has worn wafer-thin. That’s why, after the election, we will negotiate a new settlement for Britain in Europe, and then ask the British people whether they want to stay in the EU on this reformed basis or leave. David Cameron has committed that he will only lead a government that offers an in-out referendum. We will hold that in-out referendum before the end of 2017 and respect the outcome.
Cameron is turning this into a battle between his government and the people.
Let battle commence?