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The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron will de­mand stronger pow­ers to curb im­mi­gra­tion from the Euro­pean Union when he meets Euro­pean Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk on Sun­day, a se­nior Bri­tish govern­ment source said. Cameron will in­sist that a pro­posed "emer­gency brake" to deny ben­e­fit pay­ments to work­ing mi­grants needs sig­nif­i­cant strength­en­ing, and ar­gue it must be trig­gered im­me­di­ately af­ter Bri­tain's ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship, the source said. Cameron has promised to re­form Bri­tain's ties to the EU and hold a pub­lic vote on EU mem­ber­ship be­fore the end of 2017. He is hope­ful of reach­ing a re­form deal at a sum­mit next month, with a view to hold­ing the ref­er­en­dum as early as pos­si­ble. Reuters re­ported that the EU was of­fer­ing the emer­gency brake for up to four years as an al­ter­na­tive to Cameron's pro­posal to bar EU im­mi­grants from in-work ben­e­fits for at least their first four years in Bri­tain. The Prime Min­is­ter, who wants Bri­tain to stay in a re­formed EU but has not ruled out cam­paign­ing for an exit if he doesn't get what he wants, will meet with Tusk later on Sun­day to dis­cuss how such a brake could work. But Cameron be­lieves the EU's coun­terof­fer should be ap­pli­ca­ble for as long as is nec­es­sary to solve the un­der­ly­ing prob­lem and only treated as a stop­gap mea­sure be­fore a per­ma­nent mech­a­nism can be es­tab­lished, the source said.

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