POLITICS
03/02/2016 15:47 GMT | Updated 03/02/2016 16:59 GMT

European Union Plan 'Male Bovine Excrement,' Tory MP Tells David Cameron

A Tory MP has dismissed the idea the European Union could be legally forced to change its treaties following David Cameron's in/out referendum as "male bovine excrement".

Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin told the prime minister today the claim Brussels could be held to any pre-referendum agreement had been rubbished in stark terms by the former Director General of the Legal Service of the Council of Ministers, Jean-Claude Piris.

According to The Daily Telegraph the former Brussels official had described the idea as "bulls***".

It is the second time in as many days that a Tory MP has deployed a toilet reference when talking about the prime minister's renegotiation strategy.

Yesterday Europe Minister David Lidington was accused of "polishing poo" by a Tory colleague as he set out details of the referendum.

Writing for The Huffington Post today, Jenkin dismissed Cameron's renegotiation. "None of the promised changes put forward by the Prime Minister in either his much-vaunted Bloomberg speech, or in the 2015 and 2010 General Election manifestos, are going to be fulfilled," he said.

"The renegotiation reminds me of Macbeth's closing lines: this agreement is "full of sound and fury signifying nothing."