Cameron’s UK Immigration Regulations Stand to be Rejected by the EU

08 December 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron’s demand for the exemption of work benefits for EU workers is experiencing opposition from some European Union governments. The issue is to be raised in an upcoming EU summit which will force its members to ‘thrash out’ the issue face to face according to Donald Tusk.
The Premier’s list of proposals for EU reforms was placed before the member states last month amidst concerns. Tusk was of the opinion that there was ‘no consensus’ to the request that work benefits should be withheld from non-British workers until they contribute to the economy for four years.
The general lack of agreement regarding the proposals may degenerate the summit, which is scheduled for the 17th and 18th of December, into arguments targeting certain reforms. According to the President, the meeting should focus on current political issues and on the preparation of a ‘concrete proposal’ that could be implemented in February 2016. The date marks the next time the leaders of the EU are scheduled to meet.
During a visit to Northwest England, Cameron stated that Tusk’s letter is ‘encouraging’ since it proves that the reform agenda is being considered seriously. However, the alleged reforms to non-EU worker benefits is still considered the most delicate issue to date which according to Tusk, will require a “substantive political debate at our December meeting.” The British Premier is encouraged to debate his stance on the proposals openly before any decision can be made.
Besides Cameron, all 27 EU members are set to take the stage at the upcoming EU meeting to agree or disagree on any changes before they are implemented. The tone of the summit will also go a long way in setting the stage for future negotiations over the next few months. The Premier may go for renegotiations regarding the country’s EU membership before a referendum he committed to uphold before 2018. However, he also stated that he was not expecting to acquire a final deal during the meeting and the entire renegotiation was not going to be a simple affair.
On the other hand, according to Tusk, who is acting as the coordinator for the Premier’s wish list to the EU, all sides wished to find feasible solutions. He also added that other demands made by the Prime Minister were also being taken into account such as doing away with red tape for businesses, protecting countries that are not part of Europe. The goal is to think of solutions that can meet Cameron’s expectations without compromising the ties of the EU.
The spokesman for the Leave EU campaign, Brian Monteith, opined that Tusk’s letter was not surprising and is actually a staged ‘fudge’ perpetrated by Cameron and Tusk that will result in a compromise that will place both as excellent negotiators. The leader of the Liberal Democrat’s EU referendum, Catherine Bearder, said the country is stronger together when it stands together amidst turbulent times.


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