Duncan Smith has ‘complete faith’ in PM’s EU negotiations
6 December 2015
From the section UK Politics
Iain Duncan Smith has said he has “complete faith” in David Cameron’s ability to secure welfare reforms as part of the UK’s EU renegotiations.
Mr Cameron has said there will not be a deal this year amid reports of growing opposition to proposals to restrict EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits.
The work and pensions secretary said he remained “upbeat” since all EU nations wanted to curb “benefit tourism”.
He said the PM wanted a deal he “could sell to the British people”.
European Council President Donald Tusk is due to write to all EU leaders on Monday, outlining his assessment of Britain’s demands for EU reform. He has said reaching an agreement in all these areas will be “very tough”.
The prime minister wrote to Mr Tusk last month setting out the UK’s objectives in four areas – they include restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits for four years, a move opposed by several EU states.
‘Sign of strength’
Mr Cameron has said a referendum on the UK’s future in the EU, in which voters will be asked whether they want to stay or leave, will be held before the end …read more
Source:: BBC UK