Cameron plans to deter EU migrant workers away

8 January 2016

David Cameron is set on an agreement with Europe to remove the use of incentives for EU workers to come to Britain, The Telegraph writes.

The need for new measures that will help to control migration into the country follow the events of the European Council summit in December last year where Mr Cameron made a case for Britain’s need to reduce new waves migration since it opened its doors to new EUstates in 2004. This move will boost the prime minister’s chances ahead of next summer’s planned referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

However according to the Telegraph, European states are now offering Mr Cameron a deal that would require new British workers aged 18-22 to wait four years for in-work benefits, while simultaneously finding a back-door “fix” to ensure those workers were not left out of pocket.

A European diplomatic source with knowledge of the negotiations commented on this and said:
“It was clear from the December summit that discrimination was simply not possible, so this is the solution that a number of European countries have agreed is the only one that works,”

The source also added that following the summit, the burden lay on Britain to reform their own benefits system, on that would permit the Treasury to come up with a solution for British workers by having a separate “social payment”.

The solution would satisfy EU legal concerns on discrimination and take advantage of recent European Court of Justice opinions accepting that EU migrants can be denied some kinds of non-contributory social security benefits.

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