The prime minister is poised to reduce welfare benefits for EU immigrants
David Cameron stated that migrants from the EU must wait for not less than four years before they are entitled to receive such benefits like council houses or tax credits.
He stated that the revisions which he would implement if in May he is elected were a definite requirement in talks in the future of whether to remain in the European Union.
This follows news that figures on net migration into the United Kingdom had increased over the levels in 2010.
In a much-awaited statement in the West Midlands, the prime minister stated that he was absolutely certain that he can revise the basis of migration into the country from the EU and as a result insist on the country to remain in the EU in a planned referendum in the future billed for 2017.
But he cautioned that is the country’s requests were turned down he could not rule out anything. This is the strongest indication so far that he could probably countenance the leaving from the EU of the UK.
The primary proposals in his speech which all depend on Mr. Cameron still being the prime minister after the general elections in May are:
1. For a period of four years EU migrants would be stopped from claiming employment benefits like obtaining access to social housing, and tax credits.
2. Migrants would be stopped from claiming benefits and credits on tax for children who were not resident in the UK.
3. If migrants had not been employed after six months they would be removed from the UK.
4. Reducing the migrants right to invite into the UK members of their family
5. Increasing the speed with which convicted criminals are deported
6. Fraudsters and beggars sent out of the UK would have re-entry bans that are longer
7. Stopping nationals from new nations that have entered the EU from getting employment in the UK until the economies of their countries have become aligned to those of other members
Mr Cameron stated that the concerns by the people of the UK about the immigration in the UK levels in the past several years are not unreasonable or too outlandish, and the revisions being proposed would create a system of welfare that would be the toughest for European migration.
He stated that the country deserves to be listened to and the country must be listened to. This was a matter that concerned th people of Birtain and their future in the EU.
There was no way that the people of Britain would comprehend, and neither could even he as the prime minister comprehend if any reasonable way through it could not be discovered, which could assist the country to settle its position once and for all in the European Union.
The political editor of the BBC Nick Robinson stated that the prime minister’s curbs on welfare were a harsher version of an idea already introduced by the Liberal Democrats and Labor but the intended four-year cap in benefits would be tough to negotiate with in Brussels.
But he stated that suggestions of a limit on the numbers arriving into had been discarded since the discovery that he was not going to be supported by other leader of the EU on it.
THE POLITICAL EDITOR OF BBC NICK ROBINSON’S ANALYSIS
David Cameron and his socio-political advisers had labored hard for several months in preparing the speech. Ideas about it had been floated all around in the media, tested all across European capitals, debated amongst civil and public servants, and definitely tested in the market as well. What is remarkable is what had eventually been revealed, and not what had been left to stay.
Presently, citizens of the EU have the freedom to come and compete for employment in the UK without having to go through any forms of controls on immigration. Those who are not from within the EU go through stricter controls if they desire to come into the UK.
Mr Cameron replied critics of the stated goal of the Conservatives to bring down the overall net immigration levels to lower than 100,000 – which has not been a target for coalition because of opposition by Lib Dem – was in shreds.
He admitted that the aim could not be achieved by May, stating that additional work and time were required as well as the application of more metrics.
ACTION REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY
Sir Gerald Howarth the former Conservative minister stated the speech was filled with great measures but wondered whether they would be sufficient in reducing numbers on immigration.
He informed the Today programme of the BBC Radio 4 that action was required today and the British view was that there was a need for immediate restoration of the Parliament of the UK, and border controls and if it was not wanted by the Liberals then there was a need for everyone to return to the country.
According to Boris Johnson the London mayor, Mr. Cameron was facing very many difficulties in attempting to stop the welfare system of the UK from being a force for suction.
He however warned against giving encouragement to skilled labor moving into Britain adding that the least thing the country should become was negative.
The 2010 manifestation of election of the Conservatives stated that steps were to be made to reduce net migration to the 1990s levels, which was in tens of thousands every year, and not the presents hundreds of thousands that it was.
DOMINIC CASCIANI THE BBC CORRESPONDENT IN HOME AFFAIRS ANALYSIS
The immigration speech by the prime minister has been designed as a strategy that would cause the nation’s face to change.
But the official data released on Friday revealed how it had already been changed and will continue to be transformed in a period of people massively moving.
However the agreement of the coalition promised only a limit every year on persons coming from outside the EU into the UK for reasons that were economic, without specifying any number.
Net migration – the quantity arriving to reside in Britain less those going out – is approximated to have increased by between 78,000 and 260,000 in the year up to June, which was higher by 16,000 than what it used to be when the government of the coalition was assembled in 2010.
About 228,000 citizens of the EU arrived in the UK in the year up to June 2014, based on data published on Thursday by the National Statistics Office.
The data made political rivals of Mr Cameron to state that there was a failure of the Conservative’s immigration policy.
Nick Clegg the Deputy of the Lib Dem who has requested for a higher earnings limit for other benefits and tax credits instead of a ban, stated that under-delivering after over-promising was destroying the confidence that the public had in the system of immigration.
Nigel Farage the leader of UKIP stated that Mr Cameron had made a promise in dishonesty because of the impossibility he now faced in reducing net migration by such a margin whereas the UK still belonged to the EU.
Yvette Cooper the shadow home secretary stated that the goal had been left shredded.
She had stated that instead of speaking rhetorically, David Cameron should now draw up practical and sensible strategies.
The proposals of Labor comprise a ban of two-years on migrants from the EU from claiming employment benefits; a ban on benefits for children who had gone abroad after being sent there; and discontinuing companies from taking advantage of immigration to reduce jobs and wages.
Net migration reached the highest in 2005 at 320,000. It dropped to a low in the year that ended September 2012 at 154,000.