04 MAR 2011
IMMIGRANTS from eastern Europe will soon be able to claim taxpayer-funded benefits totalling tens of millions of pounds a year thanks to European Union rules, it emerged last night.
More than 100,000 newcomers from Poland, the Czech Republic and other former communist countries are to get the right to claim up to £250 a week because restrictions imposed when the EU’s borders expanded are set to expire.
The threat of a massive new benefits bonanza for immigrants sparked widespread anger last night, fuelling the Daily Express’s crusade for Britain to quit the EU.
Critics warned the prospect of a free-for-all on handouts could trigger a fresh wave of economic migrants to try to come to the UK.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: “People across Britain will be outraged that this is being allowed to happen. I think it will strengthen the case for us to leave the EU altogether.” Andrew Percy, another Tory backbencher, said: “This is why we need to look again at whether we should be a member of the EU.
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