Downing Street has admitted that Nick Clegg has a veto over David Cameron’s plan to establish a royal charter on press regulation because he is president of the body that would have to approve the measure.
The prime minister is due to publish his plan for the royal charter, though No 10 admitted it cannot come into force without the agreement of the deputy prime minister who is lord president of the council. He is the cabinet minister who leads on the privy council that would establish the royal charter.
Cameron’s proposal is due to be published on Friday afternoon, and comes after all-party talks on implementing the Leveson report into press regulation collapsed on Thursday. The prime minister is to table amendments to the crime and courts bill in the commons on Monday that would allow exemplary costs and damages to be imposed on media organisations that do not sign up to a press regulation body established by the royal charter.