The Government last night vowed to “resist forcefully” any extra burden on taxpayers. But defiant Eurocrats dismissed UK concerns as scaremongering.
The EU Commission yesterday proposed a lawdesigned to help migrants looking for work in the UK by giving them more information about their rights. It also requires us to make it easier for them to sue if they are denied access to our welfare system.
Ministers have already promised to tighten the rules on handouts for European migrants amid concerns about an influx of Bulgarians and Romanians next year.
The Commission’s proposal sparked a storm of protest yesterday. Tory MP Stewart Jackson said: “It is vital these measures are debated at Westminster. It’s not the business of Brussels bureaucrats to tell us who we should pay benefits to or not, but a matter for our sovereign Parliament. Ministers need to get a firm grip. The patience of taxpayers is rapidly running out.”
“It shows clearly that he and his Government are entirely impotent despite all their protestations. membership of the EU means you have lost control of your borders. It is that simple.