British PM Cameron hopeful of agreement with EU on migrant benefit curbs

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:04 GMT, Jan 8, 2016 |

British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters on Thursday (Jan 7) that he will not compromise on British plans that EU migrants will have to wait four years before getting access to benefits during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest.

“In terms of the issue of welfare benefits, Britain has a different welfare system to many other European countries. Ours is not contributory, so people have instant access to it, so yes, my proposal that people should have to wait for four years before getting access to those benefits that remain on the table,” Cameron said.

The British Prime Minister is pushing for a deal with other EU leaders before a referendum on Britain’s membership of the bloc, he said after an agreement with the European council, that the EU needs to be open to “listening to alternative solutions.”