Romanians and Bulgarians have unrestricted access to the UK labour market from today, despite last-ditch efforts to prevent a feared wave of fresh immigration.
As Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May roll out tough new measures designed to tackle concerns that the Government is a soft touch on immigration, temporary curbs imposed in 2005 on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria have been lifted.
Ninety senior Conservatives attempted to block the move in a letter to the Prime Minister, arguing he could invoke a clause in EU law to keep the borders shut.
But ministers have denied such a move would be feasible.
More top news
Tyler the Creator, the US rapper and Odd Future collective co-founder, has been banned from the UK.
Armed police will be on standby at the funeral of a man dubbed 'Mr Big' amid fears that criminal gangs could cause violence.
A man has claimed he robbed a bank to fund cancer treatment for his young daughter who suffers from a rare from of eye cancer.