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Britain Bans EU Migrant Benefits to Curb Bloc's Meddling in UK Life

© AP Photo / Carlo Allegri/Pool British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. - Sputnik International
UK plan to limit work benefits for EU migrants is an attempt to curb the bloc's interference in British everyday life, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) A four-year ban on work benefits for EU migrants in the United Kingdom is one of the major stumbling blocks to the ongoing reform negotiations between the European Union and Britain, ahead of the 2017 Brexit referendum.

UK main goals are to decrease migration within the European Union and show that "EU intervention in our national life" has passed the "high water mark," Hammond said after visiting all EU member states to canvas support for the United Kingdom's renegotiation of its EU membership, as quoted by The Telegraph.

"There's nothing magic about four years. That's where we've set our stall and I think if anyone's going to suggest that it needs to be less, they'd have to show us that there's some compensating mechanism that would have the same effect on migration — because in the end this is about the impact on migration," the secretary added.

Hammond stressed that the limit on access to welfare benefits is only one of the mechanisms that might be considered by the UK government during the renegotiation process.

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