Philip Hammond said on Tuesday that Britain’s efforts to renegotiate its membership in the EU would look to reduce the “extraordinarily generous” benefits paid to migrants from the rest of the bloc.
The foreign secretary told the House of Commons that in-work benefits such as tax credits “distort the labour market and create a pull factor towards working in the UK that we need to reverse”.
“These issues are right up there at the front of our renegotiation,” Mr Hammond said, whether other EU countries “like it or not”.
“The basic principle of freedom of movement to work is not being challenged,” he said, “but changes to access to welfare are not merely technical.”
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