Cameron to reveal ‘game changing’ new immigration policy to reshape EU ties

British PM David Cameron

British PM David Cameron

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has set to reveal on Thursday his plans for a “game changing” new immigration policy in an attempt to reshape ties with the European Union in a “last” go for negotiation process with the bloc.

Cameron was in the town of Rochester campaigning ahead of a by-election next month in which his ruling Conservative party faces a major challenge from the anti-EU and anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

The current candidate of UKIP, Mark Reckless, is the second of two Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) to have defected since August. The other one, Douglas Carswell became UKIP’s first elected MP in a by-election earlier this month.

Mr Cameron has publicly pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017 if his re-elects in general election 2015.

During a public meeting in Kent, southeast England Mr Cameron has told to be unhappy with Britain’s current relationship with Europe and considering an “emergency brake” on immigration, which would be pulled automatically when the number of jobseekers from particular EU countries reaches a certain level.

Mr Cameron has said: “We need further action to make sure we have more effective control of migration. We should have one last go at negotiating a better deal.”

He has added: “I think we need to be clear that the immigration system hasn’t been working properly. Greater control is required, but fairness should be at the heart of it.

“People recognise that Britain is an open, tolerant country, but immigration in recent years has been too high.”

The PM has indicated that introducing the tougher immigration measures “will be at the very heart of my renegotiation strategy for Europe”.

He has added: “Britain, I know you want this sorted so I will go to Brussels, I will not take no for an answer and when it comes to free movement – I will get what Britain needs.”

After the announcement, Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has accused the Tories of “blind panic” in the wake of UKIP’s rise.

However, Labour party has welcomes the further restrictions on migrants’ ability to claim benefits, with leader Ed Miliband saying this must be based on “contribution, responsibility and fairness”.

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