A big mistake: Poland warns it will block Cameron’s EU benefits crackdown

David Cameron has been warned by Poland that he must water down his plans to curb benefits for EU migrants or they will be blocked.

Rafal Trzaskowski, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, insisted the rules would have to apply to Britons as well as workers from other parts of Europe.

unnamed-8Rafal Trzaskowski, Poland’s deputy foreign minister

Mr Cameron used his long-awaited immigration speech last week to insist that curbs on tax credits, child benefits, jobseekers allowance and council housing will be a key demand for his talks on renegotiating Britain’s EU membership.

Mr Cameron admitted that his proposals would require treaty change but would need support from across the EU to push through such measures.

Mr Trzaskowski said it was an ‘absolute red line’ for his government that there is no discrimination in the welfare system on grounds of nationality…

That’s right — hand more ammunition to UKIP. Poland will kill the goose that laid the golden egg. He needs to understand the UK point of view.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    He can’t help it, he’s thinking like an Eastern European. It’s all he knows.
    Low-trust societies usually don’t have clean streets and freshly painted curbs for a reason.

  • Icebow

    Funny thing. The more UKIP get accused of racism, etc., the more votes they seem to get.

    • Ed Ellison

      The average white Briton is just starting to realize that everyone is racist except them.

      • winniec

        They’ve taken ‘fairness’ towards the underdog too far.

      • Petrilla

        I’d say UK taxpayer, how many of them are left?

  • winniec

    He wants to make the internal policy OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY! Canadians don’t even get welfare benefits between provinces! UK cannot go on being the welfare capital and destination of Europe.

    • The EU is communism’s zombie corpse.

      • barb


    • Xavier

      Who does he think he is, Obama?

  • Solo712

    People outside of EU usually don’t grasp the politics of mass migration and the players therein. Eastern Europe “exports” people West, some legitimate opportunity seekers but many alien “transients”, mostly Carpathian Gypsies, Albanians, Kosovars, Ukrainians who form the most of Europe’s criminal soft underbelly. They usually migrate through transfer points such as Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic and from there to the richer West – Britain being top of the list. The East European governments obviously have interest in getting rid of the low-life and naturally would oppose any measure by the Brits/French/Germans to dim the lure of easy life that would cause the unwashed to contemplate settling in east of Elbe. The issue of the East European “crimmigrants” has now been eclipsed by the hordes invading from Africa but it still is a big issue in the local politics.

    • Petrilla

      Thousands and thousands try every which way to get to the UK every day for their benefits. Almost 200,000 this year. Other EU countries stop them but not the UK. Why? Are they stupid or merely brain dead? Read about Calais in France. Just one point of entry, they will climb any car truck or bus to get to the UK. Or in Africa, they will climb 20 foot fences of barbed wire . Why? Get given a council house, all benefits. It must stop., but EU stops England, isn’t that crazy? That’s why UKIP is so popular. NHS, LIKE OUR OHIP, hasn’t enough nurses, so they are hiring 22,000 from countries who don’t speak English, say, is that a recipe for disaster? NHS doctors have told patients not to bother them with things like depression or eating disorders and have told patients to go to other clinics to deal with cuts and hip dislocations. Isn’t that nice? Do we see a future like this here in Ontario? It is merely my own opinion watching the UK, that it bankrupt itself very soon. Ontario must not follow this disaster.

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        Also, physicians are passing on “breaking bad news” to translators.

        I know in this country would be physicians are provided with workshops/simulations on breaking bad news. It’s taken very seriously.

        ‘Don’t blame the middle man’: an exploratory qualitative study to explore the experiences of translators breaking bad news.
        Excerpt: Some translators felt they had to access emotional support following a distressing consultation.
        However, doing this led to feelings of distress that they may have compromised patient confidentiality

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “He needs to understand the UK point of view.”
    Ever had a leech stuck to you? It didn’t understand your point of view, either.

    • Frau Katze

      Well, that is a point.

  • Petrilla

    Poland is to the UK as Mexico is to the US. Both pimps to bring the money home.