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Polish PM: Govts 'cannot stigmatise any national group'

The Polish prime minister has told David Cameron that governments "cannot stigmatise any national group and must respect European law".

Donald Tusk's office described a phone conversation between the pair this afternoon as "an open and frank exchange of views".

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Credit: Olivia Harris/PA Wire

It said Mr Cameron explained he had not intended to stigmatise Polish people who work in the UK when he made comments about child benefits payments to migrants.

But Mr Tusk was said to have told the Prime Minister that Poland could not accept such statements, regardless of their original intentions.

Read: Cameron 'makes views on child benefits clear' with Polish PM

Cameron 'makes views clear' with Polish PM

David Cameron and the Polish prime minister have agreed to hold further discussions on the impact of EU free movement on child benefit payments.

The Prime Minister called Donald Tusk this afternoon "to discuss co-operation on a range of bilateral and EU issues", Downing Street said:

The Prime Minister made clear his long-standing view, reiterated in recent days, that the lack of transitional controls for new EU member states in 2004 was the wrong approach and had put pressure on local communities; and that we need to address the impact on countries’ benefits systems, including for example paying child benefit to families living abroad.

– Downing Street statement

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