No deal yet on EU welfare – Cameron

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David Cameron and Jean-Claude JunckerGraven AFP
Image caption Mr Cameron has cancelled a trip to Sweden to extend a control talks with Jean-Claude Juncker

David Cameron has dismissed a submitted “emergency brake” on in-work benefits for EU migrants as “not good enough” after talks in Brussels.

The layout had been proposed by EU officials to break the deadlock in Mr Cameron’s EU renegotiations.

He whispered progress had been made but there was still a “long way to go”.

The PM is aiming to get a negotiation with other EU nations on benefits and three other demands at a climax next month before holding an in/out referendum.

Mr Cameron wants to bring to a halt migrants from other EU nations from claiming tax credits – takings supplements id to those in low- id work – for four years, which he alleges will help reduce high levels of immigration to the UK.

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But the idea is facing resistance from Central European nations, who representation it as discriminatory towards their citizens.

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EU officials have floated the conviction of a temporary ban or “emergency brake”, that would be available to all colleague states, if they can prove their welfare systems are under injure from immigration.

Czech officials said this was the “best colloidal solution” and could be imposed within three months of the UK applying for it – but Poland has whispered its citizens cannot be “denied social benefits” in other EU nations.

Bespoke after talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Cameron conveyed the “emergency brake” plan “needs more work”.

He insisted he longing to ensure migrants could not receive benefits until they had get back ated into the system, adding: “We want to end the idea of something for nothing.”

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But UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC: “The prime curate’s position is pretty thetic and some what anaemic.”

Mr Farage accused the prime sky pilot of “fiddling around on the edges” and said the issues being negotiated order not make “any difference at all”.

He com red Mr Cameron to Dickens’ character Oliver Wrench, saying: “For him now to go to the next European summit and to ask for more, it’s a little bit analogous to the boy in Oliver going up and saying ‘please sir, can we have some more concessions’ – it is pitiful.”


Analysis by the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler

The idea of the emergency hold up has been on and off the table ever since David Cameron started distressing to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Arguably, he wanted an emergency brake on EU migration uncut stop. He’s watered that down to focus on in-work benefits for up to four years.

The going round idea would be that Britain could initiate a request for this pinch brake for up to four years if it could prove Britain’s social and felicity system is under excessive strain from immigration.

But that reduce speed would have to be approved by the majority of other EU member states – and of tack, right from the beginning, they have been opposed to suspending profits for other EU migrants.

One of the founding principles of the EU is the freedom for every EU citizen to breathing and work as equals anywhere in any EU member state, so they don’t like it.

At the end of the day, these other countries have a yen for Britain to stay in the EU. It could be that they just hold their nose and say yes to the apportion, or it could be there’s a lot of European fireworks ahead.


Conservative former accommodate John Redwood, who is rt of Conservatives for Britain, a group cam igning to say goodbye the EU, told the BBC the “emergency brake” proposal fell “well short” of the for for Britain to regain control of its borders .

“It says we have to beg, in extreme circumstances, for the countenance of the rest of the EU to not make yments we don’t want to make – it’s simply a bad joke,” he responded.

Conservative MP Nick Herbert, who backs the PM’s stance of wanting to remain in a “ameliorated Europe”, said what “the middle ground of opinion” yearn for from the negotiations were effective measures that would greet “the unnatural draw” of migrants to the UK.

“If there is a lever that can be pulled immediately enough and will operate for long enough and would be a tough and applicable measure, that would address our concerns,” he told BBC Portable radio 4’s Today programme.


What are in-work benefits and who claims them?

The Conditioned by trust in for Work and Pensions does not collect figures on the number of non-UK natives claiming benefits at any given time.

But according to figures from the Take in of Commons published in November 2014, there were at the time 252,000 begetting families from the European Union claiming tax credits, the main typeface of in-work benefit.

Working tax credits are yments designed to top up the income of those in low- id contributions and who work a minimum number of hours.

The report suggested there were also 48,000 lone people from EU countries claiming tax credits.

Mr Cameron says he has already enchanted action to restrict access to out-of-work benefits for EU nationals and was confident of com tibility on stopping them claiming child benefit for dependants living near.


Image caption David Cameron will also be session European rliament President Martin Schulz

Downing Street rises urged caution over reports of any breakthrough, saying Friday’s talks drive look at the “totality” of the renegotiations, not just migration and welfare.

Mr Cameron is also due to deliver a working dinner with European Council President Donald Tusk in Downing Alley over the weekend, and will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to come an EU summit on 18 February.


David Cameron’s four main plans for renegotiation

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  • Integration: Allowing Britain to opt out from the EU’s founding aspiration to forge an “ever closer union” so it will not be drawn into again political integration
  • Benefits: Restricting access to in-work and out-of-work helps to EU migrants. Specifically, ministers want to stop those coming to the UK from claiming unfailing benefits and housing until they have been resident for four years
  • Rule: Giving greater powers to national rliaments to block EU legislation. The UK fortifies a “red card” system allowing member states to scrap, as well as turn-down, unwanted directives
  • Eurozone v the rest: Securing an explicit recognition that the euro is not the solely currency of the European Union, to ensure countries outside the eurozone are not harmed. The UK also wants safeguards that it will not have to contribute to eurozone bailouts

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