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David Cameron Finds EU Ally In Migrant Child Benefits Battle

EUDavid Cameron may have found an ally in his mission to clamp down on the money that is being sent abroad. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed his proposals to cut the amount of money that migrant workers are sending back to their children abroad.

The British Prime Minister has vowed for some time now to clamp down on the £30 million that is being sent abroad every year. The child benefits raised by migrant workers goes to an estimated 40,000 children across Europe whose parents live in the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister David Cameron has explicitly stated that this would be one of the key demands he makes during the European Union renegotiation should his party win at the next general election.

He has found a strong supporter of this plan in Angela Merkel. Members for her Christian Democratic Union said that it intends to level the playing field in this area. They believe that the level should be set according to the nationality of the child being sent money. For instance, they say it is wrong that Romanian workers could claim £146 per month from Germany when it’s £7 per month in their home country.

A spokesperson with Downing Street said this about the story:

[quote]The Christian Democratic Union’s intervention underlines the growing support in Europe for action to tackle the abuse of free movement by those who move to claim, not to work.[/quote]

Of the 40,000 children that receive money from migrant workers in the United Kingdom, just over 22,000 of them are from Poland. Other countries include France with 1400 children, Spain with 1000 children and Romania with 329 children.

Although Angela Merkel appears to be on David Cameron’s side in this particular fight, she is still very much against the idea of his party choosing to take Britain out of the European Union. In a recent interview, she said that Britain leaving would be a “disaster” for Europe.

David Cameron has been dropping hints about hid desire to leave the EU since he was out-voted by other European Union leaders last week about who should be the president of the European Commission. Other European Union leaders decided to go with Jean Claude Junker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg and a supporter of a federal Europe. David Cameron, an outspoken critic of Jean Claude Junker said that he was an old fashioned Brussels insider who did not represent a willingness for reform.