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On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 3:28 AM, Tore Christiansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Bulgarians and Romanians will face new rules limiting their ability to claim benefits, David Cameron is to promise on Wednesday, telling voters he shares concerns over European Union migrants.
New arrivals from the two countries will have benefits stopped after six months unless they can prove they have a realistic chance of employment, he says.
The Prime Minister has also signalled a drive to overhaul the EU’s freedom of movement rules, that have allowed hundreds of thousands of European nationals to live and work in the UK. “It is time for a new settlement which recognises that free movement is a central principle of the EU, but it cannot be a completely unqualified one,” he said.
Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014, leaving some voters concerned about a large influx of new migrants. “I share those concerns,” Mr Cameron said as he outlined plans to make Britain less welcoming.
In a newspaper article, the Prime Minister also attacked Labour, saying the previous government’s failure to take a tougher line when Bulgaria and Romania entered the EU in 2007 led to the current situation.
Changes in welfare rules could put the Government on a collision course with the European Commission, which has promise to make sure British rules are “compliant” with EU laws treating Europeans equally.
In an article in the Financial Times, Mr Cameron sets out several measures responding to the public’s concerns:
- EU nationals will have to wait three months before claiming any benefits, then only be able to claim for six months. After that, they must prove they have a realistic chance of employment.
- European migrants who want to claim benefits will have to pass a new “minimum earnings threshold”, which will establish how much they are likely to earn in the UK.
- New arrivals found to be begging or sleeping rough will be thrown out of the country and barred from returning for a year, unless they have a job.
- Britain will try to build support among other EU nations to limit the freedom of people from future EU member states to work and travel freely, until their economy approaches the EU average.
Nick Clegg said the measures were “sensible and reasonable” but Mr Cameron is facing pressure from his party to do more, with 40 backbenchers wanting him to extend controls until 2018.
Mr Cameron admitted he cannot do more, but blamed Labour for failing to negotiate a different deal in 2004 and 2007. He said Labour’s management of immigration policy has led to Britain’s current hostility towards EU migration, saying that the failure to impose controls was a “monumental mistake”.
THE OTIUM POST