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Editorial – THIS IS NOT A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT – PM may swap four-year benefits ban for an ’emergency brake’ after another Eastern European leader says it could discriminate against migrant workers

Yet another negotiating point dropped.  Cameron unlikely to get even benefit reforms and so he is pretending that he is going to ‘swap’ them for an ‘Emergency brake’ which the whole of the EU wants out of desperation for their inept handling of the migrant crisis.  Does he (Cameron) really believe that the public will be fooled?

Once this ‘crisis’ is over, we will immediately revert to what the migrant situation is now and Cameron’s ‘negotiations’ will be meaningless.

Now read the article:-


David Cameron insists four-year demand is on the table in Prague talks
But Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka says they talked over new ‘brake’ clause
Allows UK to turn off benefits if migrant surge causes ‘immense pressure’
Future of EU’s border-free Schengen zone will be discussed on Monday
By MARTIN ROBINSON, UK CHIEF REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE

David Cameron today stepped closer to dropping his key demand for a four-year ban on benefits for migrants in his fight to stay in the EU.

The Prime Minister is in Prague for talks with Czech leader Bohuslav Sobotka who revealed the pair had been discussing an ’emergency brake’ instead.

Mr Cameron believes he needs to secure a ‘win’ on limiting migrant benefits if he is to keep the UK in the EU in a referendum to be held as early as June.

Compromise: Czech leader Bohuslav Sobotka has revealed that he talked over an 'emergency brake' on migrant benefits as the Prime Minister took a step closer to dropping his four-year ban proposal

Compromise: Czech leader Bohuslav Sobotka has revealed that he talked over an ’emergency brake’ on migrant benefits as the Prime Minister took a step closer to dropping his four-year ban proposal


Pressure: A line of migrants snakes along a street as they cross the Slovenian-Austrian border as European leaders admitted the EU's porous borders could cause it to collapse under the pressure
Pressure: A line of migrants snakes along a street as they cross the Slovenian-Austrian border as European leaders admitted the EU’s porous borders could cause it to collapse under the pressure


But the Czech leader admitted the four-year benefits ban may not fair on EU citizens but hinted he could back the ’emergency brake’.

The policy would allow Britain and other EU states to cut off the flow of benefits to migrants if there was ‘immense pressure on its social welfare system’, he said.

He added: ‘The UK has introduced their proposal… we discussed other possible alternatives to meet the same objective… make it possible for the UK government to respond to the mass influx of workers’.

He said: ‘It is very important for us that any solution that is adopted on a European level does not discriminate.’

The brake would be controversial Britain would probably have to prove there were difficulties in its labour market or economy before Brussels would allow the brake to be applied.

A blanket four-year ban would give Mr Cameron the control he wants over benefits.

No hurry: Mr Cameron said he would not rush an agreement if it was not 'available' in time for the Brussels summit on February 18 - and said he would not hurry a referendum either
No hurry: Mr Cameron said he would not rush an agreement if it was not ‘available’ in time for the Brussels summit on February 18 – and said he would not hurry a referendum either

At a joint press conference Mr Cameron said he had not dumped his four-year rule – a key plank of his renogiation – but admitted he was a ‘practical man’ and ‘welcomed’ alternatives.

He said any other deal would have to have the same effect.

Last month his four-year wish looked dead in the water after EU President Donald Tusk said the four-year plan ‘seems unacceptable’ – and Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker sai: ‘The commission is ready to look for other options.’

Today Mr Cameron said he would not rush an agreement if it was not ‘available’ in time for the Brussels summit on February 18.

But he indicated he still thought a deal was possible by then, pointing to the ‘goodwill’ of other states.

‘I firmly believe there is a pathway to an agreement. I am confident that with the help of European partners and with goodwill we will be able to get there and find mutually satisfactory conclusions,’ he said.

It came as French prime minister Manuel Valls warned the huge influx of migrants from Syria and Iraq is putting the future of the European Union in ‘grave danger’.

Speaking in Prague David Cameron acknowledged that Europe was experiencing ‘very great’ pressure from migration, which could a security threat.

He said the UK was ‘happy to do more’ to strengthen external EU border controls, even though it is not part of the Schengen border-free zone which covers most of the continent.

Schengen is a cornerstone of the European project and allows people to pass through the inner EU countries without showing a passport.

Mission: David Cameron needs to strike a deal with every EU leader and is likely to visit each one before the referendum
Mission: David Cameron needs to strike a deal with every EU leader and is likely to visit each one before the referendum


He said: ‘We are not in Schengen, so let’s be clear Britain has its own border controls and we are going to maintain those border controls whatever anyone else in Europe decides to do.

‘Since I’ve been Prime Minister, we’ve prevented 96,000 people coming into our country, including well over 6,000 EU citizens. We have borders, we use our borders and we will continue to use our borders.

‘What I would say to European colleagues and Schengen members is that you have to have a strong external border if you are not going to have internal borders. Britain recognises that, even outside Schengen, clearly it’s in our interests that we have this situation brought rapidly under control.

‘That’s why we already make contributions to the external border that Europe has and we are happy to do more – not just in terms of controlling numbers, but also the systems that we are members of (which) make sure we know about criminals crossing borders, so we know before they even get to Britain, make sure we know about terrorists crossing borders, so we know that even before they get to Britain.’

European Union ministers will on Monday discuss whether to further extend emergency border controls within the Schengen free-travel zone, which is cracking as a wave of migrants arrive from the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

Asked if the EU could survive the migration crisis, Mr Blair told Fox Business: ‘It can survive it, but it’s going to be a big challenge. And if you did get terrorist activity coming in on the back of it, it would be a huge political problem.’

The former PM said there was ‘a genuine desire to be generous’ to refugees, but Europe needed to respond to public concern about security.

‘There’s an issue of numbers – how many people can Europe absorb? – but there’s also an issue of security – can we be sure exactly who is coming in?’ he said. ‘Those two issues combined make it a very, very tough political challenge.’

Mr Blair said the EU needs to ‘up its game in defence terms’ in response to the turmoil in Syria and potentially in Libya.

‘What I think is important is that Europe pools its force capabilities in a more effective way,’ he said. ‘I don’t mean that we amalgamate all the armed forces in one big EU army – that would never work. But how we make sure, particularly when we are working alongside the US, that Europe is stepping up with its own responsibilities, that’s the challenge.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3412169/PM-swap-four-year-benefits-ban-emergency-brake-Eastern-bloc-leader-fears-discriminate-against-migrant-workers.html

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