[Ed. – Without Nigel Farage and the recent UKIP gains, this would never have been on the table.]
Britain must have the right to make European migrants wait four years before receiving welfare or council houses, David Cameron will say, as he warns that he could be prepared to leave the European Union.
In his long-awaited speech on Europe, the Prime Minister will, for the first time, say that he will “rule nothing out” if fellow leaders reject his plans to overhaul the benefits system and suggests that he could be prepared to lead the campaign for a British exit.
Mr Cameron will say that he wants to ban foreign jobseekers claiming benefits and deport them from the UK if they do not find work within six months.
Foreigners will also be banned from sending millions of pounds worth of child benefit payments and tax credits abroad if they do not bring their children with them to the UK.
The Prime Minister will set out a number of “red lines” for his forthcoming renegotiation with Brussels, which he says will require EU treaties to be changed.