Reports today that the EU Commission will block any attempt to change Free Movement of People as part of David Cameron's renegotiation plans are unsurprising according to UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
The Prime Minister has suggested he will ensure all EU migrants must have a job as a condition of entry into the UK, but sources in Brussels have disclosed that the Commission is likely to reject the proposals on the grounds that it goes against the fundamental principles of Free Movement of Labour.
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who has already aired concerns over the UK carving out its own rules over EU migrants, is meeting the Prime Minister tomorrow to discuss his renegotiation strategy. The UKIP Leader anticipates smoke and mirrors from Downing Street to disguise the fact that this proposal will be rejected in Brussels.
Nigel Farage said: "Germany is facing its own problems at the moment and would not want Britain to start turning away EU jobseekers, potentially redirecting them to seek work there. If Chancellor Merkel agreed that UK can close the door on EU jobseekers she would also have to recognise that a great many that were Britain bound would instead seek work in Germany as the continent's biggest economy, and that is a risk she is likely to be unwilling to take.
"Meanwhile free movement in the EU has always meant equal access to work, free education, free healthcare and UK benefits. To pretend that Cameron can get special exceptions for Britain through treaty change is quite ridiculous. There is no conceivable way that the Commission, nor the leaders of other large member states such as Germany, would accept Britain getting special treatment and it's been made abundantly clear time and again that the Commission are in no way going to alter the terms of free movement as one of the fundamental principles of the EU's single market.
"We have also been repeatedly reminded by the Commission that only they can table plans for renegotiation of free movement and have no plans to do so.
"Practically very little can be done to meaningfully alter the status quo, meaning an open door to anyone from the EU, whether they are a sought-after professional, an unemployed jobseeker or a career criminal.
"What remains to be seen is what sort of trickery Cameron can conjure up with his allies in Europe to deceive people long enough to drag him through the next election on a promise to deceive the British public and kick a referendum into the long grass.
"I would suggest people take a very large pinch of salt over the coming days when Cameron lays out his so-called plans and successes"