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Author Name: Naomi O'Leary
EUs Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit
Squeezed by growing momentum of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to re-negotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership and hold an in-out referendum if he is re-elected. After press reports that Cameron might seek to impose a cap on EU migrants coming to Britain, Barroso told a BBC interview in London that such a limit would be against European law. The Sunday Times this week reported that Cameron was exploring whether national insurance numbers issued to EU migrants could be capped - personal identifying codes needed to work in Britain. Migration to Britain from other countries in the EU, particularly from newer and poorer member states in Eastern Europe, is a sensitive political issue in Britain and UKIP have put border control at the heart of their electoral campaign. The party won its first elected seat in the Westminster parliament in a by-election earlier this month with the re-election of lawmaker Douglas Carswell, who had defected from the ruling Conservative Party. The prime minister has vowed to negotiate hard to "Get what Britain needs" on immigration, but has not given detail on specific proposals. International Development Secretary Justine Greening, a cabinet minister in the Conservative-led government, said on Sunday that a need to address migration from within the EU meant the rules would have be examined. "That means taking a fundamental look at some of the rules that allow unrestricted immigration in a way that we don't think is sensible," Greening told Sky News.

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