British Prime Minister David Cameron is going to deny in-work benefits for workers coming from other parts of the EU.
According to reports, the UK may put an “emergency brake” on payments if it shows the arrival of workers from other EU countries is an unacceptable pressure on its social system.
The BBC reported, Cameron demands to restrict the in-work benefits for EU refugees. Whether Britain manages to apply the “emergency brake” or not will ultimately depend upon a majority vote at the union, consisting of 28 states.
Cameron wants to renegotiate four major aspects. He wants the euro not to be the only recognised currency at the European Union. The measure is to ensure the advantage of the countries not belonging to the Eurozone.
The British PM also wants to set a target to restrict the “burden” of excessive regulations. He wants Britain to be allowed to opt out from further political integration as he wants more power to national parliaments to disapprove EU legislation.
Cameron is going to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday. Sources reveal both are closing in the agreement.
Post negotiations, new rules will be applicable to all EU member states. “It is very complex, there are lots of moving parts,” The Guardian quoted one UK official as saying. “There might be a bit more light in the next few days.”
While the arrangements will require a change in EU legislation, there won’t be any change to the founding treaties.
UK government sources warned against reports of any step forward. Cameron is ready to walk away from the February summit with no deal if he believes it is not beneficial for his country, they said.
It may still not be clear if the British PM would manage to win a four-year reprieve on payouts to EU citizens.