Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

Video

No agreement between UK, Poland on EU welfare reforms

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 00:47

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo say the two countries have failed to agree over welfare benefits for EU migrants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and British Prime Minister David Cameron failed to reach an agreement on Cameron's push to curb welfare payments to EU migrants, the pair said on Thursday. Cameron has promised to reform Britain's relationship with the 28-member bloc before a membership referendum by the end of 2017 but his welfare demands have proved most problematic, particularly among eastern European member states. Szydlo and Cameron held a news conference after meeting to discuss the British renegotiation. "Even on the most difficult issue of welfare we have agreed to work together to find a solution. I support the principal of free movement and I greatly value the contribution that many Poles and other Europeans have made to Britain. The challenge is the scale of the vast movement of people we've seen across Europe over the last decade and the pressure that that can put on the public services. That is the problem that we need to address and I believe with the type of political will I've seen here in Poland we can find a way," Cameron said. Szydlo said some British proposals for EU reform were acceptable, but there wasn't "full agreement" on welfare benefits.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

No agreement between UK, Poland on EU welfare reforms

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 00:47