The "emergency brake" has now been officially proposed! The principle, put simply, is that the UK would be able to stop EU nationals from claiming work related benefits on the basis that the welfare system was under significant strain.
The implication is therefore that EU migrants are to blame for this strain on the system (as non-EU migrants are not entitled to public funds in any event). These are the same migrants who pay in 34% more in tax than what they take out in benefits.
What will be truly interesting to see is how this "emergency brake'" will be viewed in the UK. Is this the solution to the 'EU question'?
There is also a draft declaration stating that the European commission considers the level of migration into the UK at a point where an emergency brake could be applied because the “type of exceptional situation that the proposed safeguard mechanism is intended to cover exists in the UK today”. Accordingly, the UK would be justified in triggering the mechanism in the full expectation of obtaining approval, the document says. UK sources said this means Britain could expect to get approval from the EU council for a four-year ban on in-work benefits.