Politically motivated EU justice

EU court to back UK limits on migrants’ access to child benefits

An attempt by the European commission to challenge Britain’s right to deny some EU migrants access to child benefit and child tax credits is expected to be thrown out by European judges.

The ruling from the European court of justice is expected to confirm that Britain can insist that only EU citizens with a lawful “right of residence” in the UK can claim social security benefits.

The European commission claimed that the decision by Britain to impose a right of residence test to access certain family benefits amounted to direct discrimination against citizens of other EU member states.

The ruling is expected to the first of several legal challenges to Britain’s attempt to curb what David Cameron has called “benefit tourism” and restrict the impact of the EU’s freedom of movement rules on the UK.

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