Leaders from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, whose citizens make up a large portion of migrants in Britain, said his proposal “breaches core European principles.”
The PM is calling for a four-year ban on EU workers claiming in-work benefits and social housing in the UK in what he described as a “non-negotiable” part of his EU membership reform bid.
The suggestions for a new welfare system for migrants, which may require completion of a residency test or a minimum number of four years in employment, have been described as discriminatory by some member states.
One Eastern European official said: “We could talk about this ‘four years’ proposal for 100 hours, but it isn’t going to make a difference.
“The current British proposal breaches core European principles.
“For us this would mean the end of free movement.”