April 25, 2018

PM ‘caves in’ on migrant benefits ban

The prime minister will not take the plan off the table when he holds talks over dinner at a summit on Thursday night, but will make it clear that he is open to alternatives, Downing Street sources said.

Last night critics seized on the “climbdown”, with one minister saying: “There is noth­ing left to hide behind.”

The prime minister had put the four-year ban on tax credits for migrant workers at the heart of his renegotiation of EU membership ahead of the referen­dum he has promised to hold by 2017.

His proposal has been rebuffed by fellow leaders, however, as he toured Europe for one-to-­one talks, most recently with Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo last week.

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