A senior Government insider said: “We would want to put a limit on the numbers we take from countries with different GDPs. “For Romania, for example, we would take Romanians, but we would have a cap on the number.”
The Prime Minister is facing demands to include the tougher border plan in his drive to renegotiate a new EU deal for the UK.
Citizens of existing member nations would be included in the limit as well as those from countries joining in future.
The move will infuriate Brussels officials by proposing to effectively rip up the EU’s cherished principle of “free movement” for all citizens.
But it is said to have attracted support from figures at the highest levels in the Conservative Party and is seen as a sure-fire vote-winner for next year’s general election.
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