Juncker Warns UK on Discrimination Against EU WorkersEU | December 13, 2014, Saturday // 16:06| views
Jean-Claude Juncker. Archive photo. Photo: EPA/BGNES
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain's prime minister David Cameron on the discrimination against workers from other EU countries.
During a television panel discussion in Austria, quoted by The Guardian, Juncker accused Cameron of “beating up poor European immigrant workers” with the planned restrictions on theier access to public assistance, tax credits and social housing.
"Especially in Great Britain, which always fought for the enlargement of the European Union, there has to be an end to discrimination against countries just because it goes down well topically when you beat up others," Juncker said, quoted by The Guardian. "I am utterly against behaving as if all Poles, all Romanians, all Bulgarians in the European labour market are of a basic mentality that is criminal. These are people who are working and earning their wages."
Juncker warned that the restrictions proposed by Cameron will infringe upon the freedom of movement of workers in the EU.
“If you question the free movement of workers, Great Britain has to know that one day the free movement of capital will also be called into question,” Juncker said.
In a response to Juncker's comments, a British government spokesperson noted that “the British people were right to want controlled immigration and that free movement was not an unqualified right.”