On Thursday, the prime minister announced plans to put Conservative proposals for a royal charter to underpin a new press regulator to a vote in the House of Commons on Monday.
He said talks with other party leaders had been halted because the gap between them was too great.
His proposals mean that the party could struggle to pass the proposals without cross-party support, and will anger the victims of phone hacking who have called for legislation to underpin the proposals put forward by Lord Justice Leveson.
Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have been pushing for legislation to back up the new system, as proposed by Leveson in his report on press ethics.
Cameron said: “The talks have been good natured talks. But there are a handful of pretty fundamental differences between the parties. But the danger is that we wont have an option on the table without action.
“I have chosen action over inaction. I have made choice,” he said.
In a phone conversation between the three leaders this morning, Cameron told them they were trying to push him beyond a position he was comfortable with and beyond something the press would sign up to.
A senior Labour source said: “The prime minister’s decision is very disappointing.
“We still hope for an agreement. We still believe there can be an agreement. We urge the prime minister to reflect on his actions.”
The Lib Dems said they remained optimistic that a deal could be reached
Leveson talks fail over ‘fundamental differences’ between parties – The Guardian
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