Cameron wants ‘emergency brake’ on refugee work benefits

Birtish Prime Minister David Cameron to seek more power from Donald Tusk to deny in-work benefits to refugees

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron waits to greet Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, January 25, 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will request more power to halt immigration from the European Union when he meets European Council President Donald Tusk on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Cameron is to insist on a proposed "emergency brake" to deny benefit payments to working refugees.

EU officials have suggested the British government could use the brake for up to four years on condition that London has to prove public services are under excessive strain.

If EU states agree to this demand, it could be imposed within three months of the UK applying.

Cameron wants the brake to be available immediately after the EU referendum, with no time limit.

Some EU-member countries are against Cameron’s proposals, saying that they are discriminatory toward their citizens.

Both Cameron and Tusk will meet at the prime minister's office to discuss a final package of measures to offer EU leaders in a summit to be held from February 18 to 19.

Cameron has promised reform on Britain’s relationship with the EU and to hold a referendum over EU membership before the end of 2017.

The British prime minister is hopeful of a reform deal in February with a view to holding the referendum as early as possible.

Cameron wants Britain to stay in a reformed EU, though if he does not get what he wants he has said he may support the exit campaign.

Some EU-member countries are against and will deny of Cameron’s offer saying that is discriminatory toward their citizens.

TRTWorld and agencies