The Telegraph reports:
The Prime Minister was handed an offer on Tuesday by Brussels which critics said contained only “watered-down” pledges. The deal will give EU migrants “gradually increasing access” to benefits after they come to the UK – as opposed to the outright ban Mr Cameron had previously demanded.
Despite critics describing the deal as “pathetic” and “insubstantial”, Mr Cameron welcomed the offer by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, and said he “sure would” take the deal being offered.
Last night Cabinet sources accused Mr Cameron of effectively beginning the campaign for Britain to stay in the EU and warned that they will now start speaking out in favour of a “Brexit”.
- An emergency brake will limit migrants’ access to benefits for four years
- New powers to stop suspected terrorists and criminals coming to the UK, not only if a threat is “imminent”
- New rules will stop people coming to the UK via “sham marriages”
- Recognises that the UK “is not committed to further political integration into the European Union”
- A “red card” system will allow the House of Commons to band together with like-minded EU parliaments and block unwanted Brussels legislation