‘Britain is willing to look at alternative measures to a four-year ban on access to in-work benefits provided they help to reduce EU migration to the UK, the foreign secretary Philip Hammond has said.
Hammond said: “There is no magic about four years. It is just a figure that we calculated would provide a sufficient deterrent. We are looking to deter people.”
Calling Britain’s key demand of the four-year ban a “second-order approach”, Hammond said the negotiation package must mean the high-water mark of Brussels’ interference in UK national life has been reached.’