Commenting on the Government's defeat in the House of Commons over English Votes on English Laws, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael MP said:
"Today the Tory government failed to support their own plans, backing down in the face of defeat. Their attempts to force these plans through without proper debate will undermine Parliament and threaten the Union.
"We are dealing with major constitutional change and this deserves proper scrutiny, not a Tory stitch-up. Leaving us with a two tier system, and two classes of MPs, is a dodgy quick fix that is simply is not good enough.
"We must address the English question, but it is clear, this is not the way to do it. Today’s vote clearly shows the will of the House. The Government must go back to the drawing board and stop stumbling forward with these proposals."