January 31, 2016 / 10:09 PM / a year ago

EU agrees Britain could curb migrant benefits immediately - Cameron's office

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaks with European Council President Donald Tusk at Downing Street in London, Britain, January 31, 2016.Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union agree that Britain could use an "emergency brake" on curbing welfare payments to EU migrants immediately, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday.

Earlier, Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk ended talks saying they had yet to reach a deal on all four areas where the British leader wants to see reform before calling a referendum on EU membership.

"On welfare, the commission have tabled a text making clear that the UK's current circumstances meet the criteria for triggering the emergency brake," the spokesperson said in a statement, calling it "a significant breakthrough".

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Dominic Evans

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