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Cameron takes another step back in long retreat over pledges to regain power from Brussels
The long march down the hill continues.
The Grand Old Duke of York showed the way, and David Cameron may be following in his illustrious footsteps. In Brussels today he could be about to take another step on the long retreat from “fundamental, far-reaching change” to “we’ll take what we can get, as long as we get a deal by February”.
The PM was supposed to be in Denmark and Sweden today, but more pressing issues intervened. Hopes for a four year ban on benefits for new arrivals from the EU have run into the brick wall of opposition from Eastern Europe, so something is going to have to be stitched together if the so-called ‘fourth basket’ of benefit reform is going to contain anything at all.
The offer now on the table is a four year ‘emergency brake’ on migrant benefits. Any country would be able to slam on this brake if they declared that their social and welfare systems, schools, hospitals etc, were being overwhelmed by the numbers coming in. But, crucially, application of this brake would have to be endorsed by the rest of the EU.
And if there was no such ‘emergency’, then the much vaunted welfare reform package would contain precisely nothing. Life would go on exactly as before.
EU referendum: Cameron discusses ’emergency brake’ on benefits
David Cameron is in Brussels for talks on allowing Britain to curb in-work benefits for migrants – with the permission of other EU nations.
The so-called “emergency brake” plan is aimed at breaking the deadlock in Mr Cameron’s EU renegotiations.
He told the BBC that progress was being made but there was “a long way to go” before he could agree to the plan.
But Tory Eurosceptic John Redwood said the “emergency brake” was “an insult to the UK” and “just a sick joke”.
The prime minister, who is meeting European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, is hoping to get an agreement next month to pave the way for an in-out referendum this year.