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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has effectively vetoed an EU-wide treaty change to deal with the eurozone crisis, as he did not think it was not in Britain’s interests, the BBC reports.

It is now expected that a new “accord” setting out tougher budget rules will be drawn up for the eurozone, which all EU states, except the UK, look set to join.

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy said the UK PM had made “unacceptable” demands.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague denied the move would leave the UK isolated in Europe.

He said signing up to a change to the Lisbon Treaty – the treaty which governs the running of the EU – would have meant giving up more national sovereignty.

The BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said there was no denying now that a two-speed Europe – those inside the new deal and those outside – was inevitable.

He predicted a series of legal challenges about what the new euro “club within a club” could discuss, and whether it should be allowed to use EU resources and officials.

Foreign Secretary Mr Hague told the BBC other European countries had made “nothing like enough of an effort” to meet UK concerns.

Euro sceptics hope that David Cameron’s moves and a new EU inner sanctum could see the UK clawing back powers from Brussels and perhaps opting out of ‘free movement of labour’ deals which has seen mass migration from Eastern European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and more recently Romania and Bulgaria.

Some even predict that the veto is the beginning of the end of Britain’s marriage to the EU.

Last month the UK Government extended work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, the newest  members of the European Union, until the end of 2013.

Romanian and Bulgarian (EU2) nationals seeking to work in the UK will still need permission from the UK Border Agency before they can work in the UK and gaining that permission has become harder.

When it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.

Britain’s future involvement at the centre of the EU now looks uncertain, and with the Conservative led coalition Government’s election promise to slash immigration to the tens of thousands, last week’s events may provide the answer to their problem of what to do about unstoppable European migration.

See also:

EU and non-EU workers take more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges

Health care workers needed in UK now


Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

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6 Responses to “Could David Cameron’s EU veto spell the end of ‘free movement of labour rights’ and mass immigration from Eastern Europe?”
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  1. Mr Very Concerned says :

    In answer to the question below….They will probably be given a nice big council property, money for a car,a mobile phone, camera and heaps of benefits to walk round the shops all day every day from now till the end of time or Britain ( which ever comes first ). Good old Labour. You can always trust those twats to —K the country right up

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  4. Jimpaxx says :

    What would be the effect on this on skilled Non-EU immigrants who want to enter or work in the UK?

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  6. Sog Mene says :

    I have a question: what will/would happen with continental EU immigrants already living in the UK?

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