2014 09 OCT
David Cameron secures tougher immigration restrictions on new EU numbers
David Cameron secured a major victory in Brussels after the European Commission indicated that it will impose tough new immigration restrictions on countries that join the EU.
The commission said it will now consider the need for new “transitional measures” when a country joins the EU.
It could also create a “safeguard mechanism” that countries like the UK could use to restrict immigration in the event of a large influx, like the one seen when Poland joined the EU in 2004.
It is the first time the commission has conceded the problem needs to be addressed following a backlash across Europe following a surge in migration from poor eastern European countries.
It will come as a major boost to the Prime Minister ahead of his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU before holding an in-out referendum in 2017.