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PM sees aftermath of immigration raid

The PM has promised a 'crackdown' on immigration as he visited the aftermath of an immigration raid in West London. A ban on EU migrants claiming out-of-work benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK is set to be rushed through Parliament.

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Nigel Farage: EU benefits plan 'smoke and mirrors spin'

The leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage has slammed the Government's plan to curb the benefits of EU migrants as little more than "smoke and mirrors spin".

The UKIP leader said the announcement that EU migrants coming to the UK would be banned from claiming benefits for the first three months was no more than "smoke and mirrors spin to convince the public he is listening to their concerns".

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has critcised the Government's plan to curb 'benefit tourism'. Credit: PA Wire

Farage said EU migrants are already entitled to have benefits transferred from their home country to help them during their first three months of residence in the UK.

"Three months' curbs on welfare is just gesture politics," Mr Farage said.

"It's like sticking a plaster over an arterial bleed. With EU documents designed to provide parity among all EU citizens, wherever they choose to live and work, it will take more than a press statement and a chat in Brussels to change the principles of free movement of people."

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