UK Prime Minister actually has the gall to admit to his citizens that muslim ‘refugees’ will be getting more financial benefits than actual UK citizens
- David Cameron‘s EU deal is set to allow migrants with children overseas to be paid British child benefits at rates in line with the local cost of living
- Some migrants could receive more than British workers with families in UK
- Falls well short of manifesto pledge to stop child benefit being sent abroad
David Cameron faced a blistering backlash from Tory MPs last night as his ‘deal’ to curb immigration spectacularly unravelled.
The Prime Minister tried desperately to defend his referendum stitch-up with Brussels – which he insisted would make the country ‘stronger and better’.
Incredibly, the small print of the draft deal reveals that some overseas workers – far from losing their child benefit altogether – would receive even more.
They will be given extra handouts for children living abroad if the cost of living in their country is higher than the UK.
In some countries – such as Germany, Sweden and Ireland – Britain is already paying child benefit to families of UK-based workers, even though their own payments are higher than this country’s.
In a separate development, Brussels said the ’emergency brake’ for restricting the payments of in-work benefits to migrants for up to four years could be voted down by MEPs, once the referendum is complete. Even if the European Parliament agrees to the changes, they will take three months to implement.
Government officials said this would create a ‘free-for-all’ period in which vast numbers of migrants from Eastern Europe could pour into the UK to beat the new regime. Anybody here before the law is changed will be unaffected.
Former Tory leadership contender David Davis will today say Mr Cameron’s immigration reforms ‘would not stop a push bike’. In the Commons, the PM was accused by his own backbenchers of serving up ‘thin gruel’ and bypassing ‘so many promises and principles’ in his rush to hold a June referendum. On another day of drama:
- Mr Cameron urged MPs to ignore their grassroots supporters – many of who are passionate about leaving the EU – when deciding how to vote,
- Tory heavyweight Liam Fox said at least five Cabinet ministers were ready to declare for Britain to quit the EU,
- It emerged No10 is vetting ministers’ speeches and urging them to be more pro-Brussels,
- Officials were accused of using computer technology to try to identify MPs who are giving disloyal anonymous briefings,
- In an attempt to shore up his battered deal, the PM unveiled plans for a new law to assert the British Parliament is sovereign,
- Downing Street was confronted by ministers demanding an end to the gag on speaking out, but Mr Cameron insisted his critics would remain muzzled until his final deal is complete,
- Speculation mounted a Eurosceptic such as Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling or Theresa Villiers could break ranks and speak out anyway.
The PM was already under fire for ditching Tory election promises to ban migrants from getting any in-work benefits for four years and stop any child benefit from being sent abroad. Instead, he produced hugely controversial compromises which will allow migrants to gradually receive more and more tax credits the longer they are in the UK. Critics said this provides a perverse incentive for them to stay longer.
On child benefit, payments will be
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