May refuses to be drawn on Clegg's criticism

Home Secretary Theresa May has refused to be drawn on Nick Clegg's criticism of her department, telling the Home Affairs Select Committee, "I'm going to address the issue rather than an individual."

Ms May told the committee today: "He has, as I understand it, made a statement on the basis of if we were going to do this now, this is what the situation would be.

Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Home Secretary Theresa May addresses the Home Affairs Select Committee. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"What I'm saying is, I'm not proposing to do it now. We're talking about potential reforms of accession treaties for the future."

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Coalition split over EU free movement reforms

A furious row has broken out at the heart of the coalition Government over the right of European Union nationals to work in the UK, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg branding Home Office proposals "illegal and undeliverable".