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Enda Kenny asks for clarity on migrant benefit cuts

By David Hughes

Published 28/11/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street
Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street

David Cameron will need to explain how plans to restrict EU migrants' access to benefits fit with freedom of movement rules when he meets other leaders next month, Enda Kenny has said.

The Republic's Taoiseach added the future of the EU would be "enhanced" by Britain voting to stay in the 28-member bloc in the referendum promised by the Prime Minister for 2017.

But he added Mr Cameron would have to "flesh out" his plans amid concerns from other EU leaders over his proposals.

Speaking after the British Irish Council summit in London, Mr Kenny said: "This is a really complex issue, and one that is a difficulty for everybody.

"I would like to think that the Prime Minister will flesh out exactly what he means about this and the implications for the movement of people, given that the freedom of movement is one of the EU's fundamental principles."

Mr Cameron, whose proposals will be discussed in Brussels at a summit next month, has previously indicated he is "open to different ways" of dealing with the migrants issue.

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