An alarm bell interrupted Cameron’s speech on immigration at the JCB plant in the Midlands today. It was perhaps a poetic moment given how unhappy Brussels is bound to be about his pledge to demand treaty changes to limit benefits for EU migrants.
The speech came a day after Cameron was shown to have spectacularly failed to reduce new migration to the “tens of thousands”. New figures show 260,000 more people came to the UK in the year until June than left.
The Prime Minister had succeeded in reducing migration from outside the EU, but unskilled labour from Eastern Europe had easily wiped out any successes achieved in the rest of the world. This prompted him to demand: no welfare for migrants for the first four years, child benefits only paid to children living in the UK, deportation of both criminals and those who fail to get a job within six months of arriving.
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