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EU agrees Britain could curb migrant benefits immediately - Cameron's office
January 31, 2016 / 10:09 PM / in 2 years

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

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.

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

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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