During his trip for Poland and Denmark. British Prime Minister David Cameron has gain support by both countries. Danish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said plans for a brake on benefit payments were “understandable and acceptable” and he would be as “supportive as possible” to keep the UK in the EU.
Following talks in Copenhagen, Rasmussen said Denmark – a country historically sceptical about the EU and which also retains its own currency – did not object to any of the UK’s proposals and did not expect them to be significantly amended in the coming weeks.
He said the EU needed to retain a “strong British voice”. “I truly believe that adopting this package will create a better Europe,” he said.
On the issue of welfare curbs, which is proving a stick point for a number of other EU members, Mr Rasmussen said individual members should be able to “protect” their national welfare systems from abuse.
“It creates momentum towards the goal of ensuring that the EU does not develop into a social union,” he said.
“We need to ensure that EU citizens move across borders to work, not to seek a high level of benefits.
“The package also contains an emergency brake which is specifically designed to handle the particular problems faced by the UK in regard to in-work benefits. That is perfectly understandable and acceptable to us.”
In Poland, Polish PM Beata Szydlo said she backed the UK’s plans to boost national sovereignty and raise competitiveness but said the welfare needed to be “ironed out” to ensure Poles in the UK were not disadvantaged.
“There are always topics that need to be ironed out,” she told reporters. “Over a million Poles live and work in Britain. Their work is growing Britain’s GDP and we want them to enjoy the same kind of opportunities for development as Britons.”
Cameron said the talks were “very good” but acknowledged there was “important detail to be filled in”.
Conclusion: Cameron and his new allies in Europe.