Benefit brake 'to address UK concerns'

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Centre captionDraft EU deal ‘is fair to all’ says Jean-Claude Juncker

Limiting in-work benefits to new EU comings will help tackle the effects of record migration to the UK since 2004, the EC’s president has articulate.

Jean-Claude Juncker said the UK imposed no migration controls on eight main European and Baltic nations joining the EU in 2004 and the new proposals would «location the consequences» of that.

But he said the emergency brake would only allot in «exceptional cases».

Eurosceptics say it is ineffectual and could make the situation worse.

Allude to in the European rliament, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the project was a «handbrake turn» by David Cameron.

The prime minister has hailed a layout to allow the UK to limit the amount of tax credits id to new EU migrants for up to four years as one of the key situations of a draft ckage of reforms to the UK’s membership of the EU — the details of which he will set out to the UK rliament later.

He has guessed the emergency brake, which would take effect if it could be show that high levels of migration were putting an extreme impression on the UK’s benefits system, could be triggered almost immediately.

But many Tory MPs demand criticised the plan, saying it is a watered-down version of the total four-year ban the PM was fancying for and that new migrants would still receive «graduated» rates of in-work profits over the four year period and the full amount after that.

Course captionIn full: Nigel Farage speech to European rliament

They are also unpropitious that the brake would have to be approved by other EU nations and the UK could not buckle down to it unilaterally.

Defending the proposals and the rest of the draft deal in the European rliament, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker broke that the entire ckage — which must be approved by the EU as a whole, was «so so to the UK and fair to the other 27 EU states».

On welfare, he said: «We propound to create a safeguard mechanism tailor-made to the concerns of the UK, that would budget it to restrict the excess of EU workers newly entering its Labour market to in-work sakes in a graduated manner for a period of up to four years.

«The duration of the mechanism desire be limited in time — that is a crucial characteristic of a safeguard mechanism, required to make it com tible with the (EU) treaties. It will apply in exceptional proves as all derogrations from the freedoms (of movement rules) should.»

Mr Juncker keen out that the then Labour government had had the option to introduce transitional checks on migration when countries such as Poland and Hungary entered the EU in 2004 but, untypical Germany, decided against doing so.

One of the most controversial decisions of Tony Blair’s circumstance in office, several former Labour ministers have since imagined it was a mistake and acknowledged the government hugely underestimated the number of people who inclination come to the UK.

Mr Juncker said «as a result» of that decision «over the days of old decade, the UK attracted a record number of mobile EU citizens». He added. «In intent, we will enable the UK to use the safeguards mechanism to address the consequences of that purpose.»

But UKIP leader Nigel Farage, also speaking in the European rliament, chance the safeguards were totally insubstantial and would not allow the UK to reduce horizontals of annual net migration, which rose to 336,000 in the year to June 2015.

«We have planned an emergency brake on migrants benefits. Wow. It was supposed to be a total ban on migrants goods for four years. So it is hardly an emergency brake, it is more of a handbrake move.»

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Image caption Nigel Farage has retailed the ckage endorsed by the European Commission as thetic

Mr Farage said Mr Cameron would not be expert to get any further concessions out of the EU and the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s future in the EU would be a battle between «vested self-interests and people power».

Earlier Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who is now a leading MEP, suggested that if the UK guaranteed to leave the EU, it would be a boost for Russia and China.

«I think Britain without Europe — ok it’s a overshadow, let’s be honest,» he claimed.

«We Belgians, we know that we are dwarfs but maybe they’re contemporary to know it also. And at the other hand Europe without Great Britain, yes, doesn’t upon, is not a counterweight against China, against Russia, against the United States.

«It is Vladimir Putin, in actuality, who wins in this game in the end because Putin likes a divided Europe.»

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