27/12/2013 05:47 GMT | Updated 27/12/2013 05:48 GMT

Cameron Threatens Press Over Regulation, Warns Of Future 'Illiberal' Governments Being Tougher

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British Prime Minister David Cameron gives a press conference after an EU summit focused on the common security, Defence policy and Economic and Monetary union, in Brussels on December 20, 2013. European leaders have put the economic crisis behind them by agreeing a landmark bank deal, but stumbled on deeper economic reforms and defence policy, highlighting the tough road to greater EU integration. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron has warned newspapers to sign up to his plan for state-backed regulation of the Press or risk a crackdown from a less 'liberal' government in the future.

The Prime Minister said if the Press continues to make the 'mistake' of refusing to do so, a future 'illiberal' government may impose tougher restrictions.

His stance is in stark contrast to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who recently indicated nothing would happen if the Press refused to sign.