David Cameron raises stakes in migration row with EU

EC president Donald Tusk is to meet David Cameron in Downing Street, to answer his unreasonable demands. Will he go back to Europe waving a piece of paper and saying, “Peace in our time”? [Image: Wiktor Dąbkowski/Corbis].

Two things to note about this:

Firstly, this has nothing to do with the asylum seekers trying to escape war in the Middle East. The fact that David Cameron won’t accept anybody from the camps in Calais has more to do with his own attitude than EU rules.

Secondly, it seems Cameron is determined to test the patience of our fellow EU nation states. Having almost reached agreement with them over in-work benefits, he has decided to quibble.

They know his plan is unfair and prejudicial; he certainly knows. Does he think he can force them into “appeasement” policies, as Nazi Germany did to Neville Chamberlain? Times are different now.

Why would they possibly tolerate it?

David Cameron is to demand the right to use emergency powers to ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits from the first day after the planned in/out referendum, in a dramatic move that threatens to cause new deadlock with Brussels.

At a crucial meeting in Downing Street on Sunday night with Donald Tusk, president of the European council, the prime minister will insist he will not sign any deal under which the UK will have to wait months, or years, to address what he says is a migration crisis.

The prime minister will also say the so-called “emergency brake” proposal for curbing immigration, put forward by Brussels last week, is totally inadequate as a long-term plan. He will say he wants an entirely different, permanent solution instead of what he will call a “stopgap” mechanism.

Source: David Cameron raises stakes in migration row with EU | Politics | The Guardian

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