David Cameron under fire across Europe for migrants plan

David Cameron under fire across Europe for migrants plan

Press quote (The Guardian)
01 December 2014

“The only way to stop EU migrants entering the country is to leave the EU,” said Camino Mortera-Martinez of a London thinktank, the Centre for European Reform, in a paper analysing the issue this week. “Various Conservative MPs and thinktanks have suggested that benefits should not be granted to EU migrants for a period, either by amending existing EU laws or by proposing new ones. But the chances of other member states and the EU institutions agreeing to such a reform are very low...

...“There are many retired British citizens living in Spain or France who enjoy free access to healthcare, paid for by their host member state,” said Mortera-Martinez. “If Britain were to push for measures to delay or limit benefits to EU migrants, the UK taxpayer would probably end up bearing the cost of healthcare for British pensioners abroad.”