Clegg: Lib Dems 'support' immigrant benefit plans

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg insisted his Liberal Democrats were fully signed up to the rule changes - although senior sources stressed that the post-2015 ideas had not been agreed.

These are sensible and reasonable reforms to ensure that the right to work does not automatically mean the right to claim.

Other countries in the EU already have similar policies and are considering the case for going further - unfettered access to benefits across the member states simply does not exist.

Anyone who believes we are better off as an outward facing nation should support these changes. If we don't get to grips with these issues, pro-Europeans surrender the debate to the UKIPs of this world.