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David Cameron’s plans to limit immigration through quotas for EU workers is illegal, European President says

David Cameron’s attempt to control EU migration by capping national insurance numbers breaks EU laws because freedom of movement is an “essential” principle, the President of the European Commission has said. The Prime Minister plans to cut the level of migration from the EU by limiting the number of new national insurance numbers available to low skilled immigrants.
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Cameron’s plans to limit immigration through quotas illegal

New arrivals from Europe would be given a temporary insurance number which would stop them from moving to Britain to work and claim benefits indefinitely. However, Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, suggested that the plans would be illegal under European law. The cap on national insurance numbers for migrants is likely one of a series of “red lines” on which will form the basis of The Prime Minister’s planned renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU. The policy the centrepiece of a speech by Mr Cameron setting out a tougher set of policies on immigration, it was reported. The cap will be set to ensure that net migration falls to below 100,000 The Sunday Times reported. Government sources described the suggestion of a new policy for capping national insurance numbers as “speculation”. Currently net migration is almost 250,000 and blocking these migrants from working legally will prompt fears that they will still come to Britain and simply take jobs within the black economy without national insurance numbers. José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, said: “For us it is very important the principle of nondiscrimination. the freedom of movement is a very important principle on the internal market – movement of goods, of capital of services, of people. He added: “The principle of freedom of movement is essential, we have to keep it.”However last week Mr Cameron said Britain must have “one last go” at clawing back powers from Brussels and cutting immigration from the European Union, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister pledged to take “further action” to address the concerns of voters and “make sure we have more effective control of immigration”. Mr Cameron will hope the limit will help to win back voters who have abandoned the Conservatives in favour of Ukip and their tough stance on immigration. Conservative MPs are very concerned that the party find a way to stop another Ukip MP being elected in the upcoming by-election next week, sparked by a second Tory MP defecting to Ukip. This month Douglas Carswell, a former Conservative, became the first MP elected to Parliament for Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party following a huge swing in support. Labour narrowly won a second by-election by just 617 votes and Mr Miliband is also now facing a major challenge from UKIP in its traditional northern heartlands.

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