Nigel Mills heads for confrontation with PM over immigration bill amendment for controls on Romanian and Bulgarian migrants
Romanian border crossing point. Nigel Mills says that that Romania and Bulgaria have failed to implement a series of commitments agreed under the terms of their EU accession treaties. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images
David Cameron is heading for a bruising confrontation with Tory MPs over immigration after a leading rebel pledged to press ahead with plans to defy EU law by imposing work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain.
Nigel Mills, who prompted Downing Street late last year to announce restrictions on benefits claimed by EU migrants, has said he still plans to table an amendment to the immigration bill.
Andrew Lansley, the leader of the Commons, has announced that the bill will be debated at report stage in the Commons on 30 January.
Downing Street hinted that a deal could be on the cards. Asked whether the government would accept any of the rebels’ demands, the prime minister’s official spokesman said: "We will look closely at the amendments that have been tabled."