UK POLITICS

22 December 2013 Last updated at 10:31 ET

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A 75,000-a-year cap on the number of EU migrants to the UK will not happen, the business secretary has told the BBC. Vince Cable accused the Conservatives of being "in a bit of a panic because of UKIP", as he responded to Home Office proposals leaked last week. Home Secretary Theresa May has not ruled out a possible future cap, saying there is an issue over "free movement". When asked if there was a crisis in the coalition over the issue, Mr Cable said there was "quite a lot of tension". The Lib Dem echoed earlier comments by his party leader, Nick Clegg, arguing there should not be further restrictions on freedom of movement. Restrictions on movement of Bulgarians and Romanians within the EU are due to end on 1 January and there have been warnings that the UK could see an influx of migrants. But earlier on Sunday, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev warned that David Cameron's plans to toughen rules on immigration could harm the UK's image as a "great global power that pioneered integration".
'Illegal and impossible'

Mr Cable told BBC One's Andrew Marr show a cap would be "illegal and impossible to implement". "The Conservatives are in a bit of a panic because of UKIP, reacting in the way they are. It's not going to help them, I think, politically, but it's doing a great deal of damage," he said. UKIP, which has called for withdrawal from the European Union and greater restrictions on immigration, has seen improved poll ratings this year. The party, led by Nigel Farage, is expected to gain seats at next year's European Parliament elections. But Mr Cable said politicians had a responsibility to look at the facts. "There is very little evidence of benefit tourism from people coming from eastern Europe. All the evidence suggests that they put far more into the economy in terms of tax than they take out in benefits," he said.

Mr Clegg said that "sticking a big no-entry sign on the cliffs of Dover may be politically popular. and pressure group MigrationWatch UK. Mr Cameron has said he wants the annual net migration figure to be less than 100. nationalism and short-term political approaches". In response.Speaking of a cap.000 non-EU citizens and 77." He asked whether Great Britain today was "writing a history of a switch to isolation. Mr Plevneliev said Britain should not play on people's fears over immigration.000 were EU citizens. said about 8. 'Isolation and nationalism' In an interview with the Observer. it could not be a completely unqualified one.000 people who immigrated to the UK in that period. with no return within a year Quadrupling fines for employers not paying the minimum wage Official figures released last month suggested net migration .000 in the year to June. He went on: "Bulgarian people are raising a lot of questions today about the democratic. 183. He had already condemned Home Office plans for a possible cap. The government is planning a range of measures to toughen welfare rules for EU migrants." he said." Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg had earlier told the Sunday Times curbs on migrants' benefit rights were "sensible and reasonable" but a cap would not work. Of the 503.000 British citizens.the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and those emigrating . Last month. Bulgaria's ambassador. but at a huge economic cost".was 182. tolerant and humane British society. he said: "It isn't going to happen.000 migrants a year from Bulgaria could come to the UK after the interim restrictions on freedom of movement are lifted. as "illegal and unworkable". which were leaked to several newspapers last weekend. But no-one knows for certain what the numbers will be. Konstantin Dimitrov. There were also an estimated 242. He said politicians should be "ready to say the inconvenient truth" and "fight for unpleasant but necessary decisions". and Nick Clegg's made it very clear he isn't going to let it happen. has estimated 50.000. "Do we want the NHS to fall over and the City of London to grind to a halt?" he said.000 people will move to the UK from the two countries each year for five years. Downing Street said that while free movement was a principle of the EU. . "Isolating Britain and damaging Britain's reputation is not the right history to write. which campaigns for tighter immigration controls. including: New migrants not getting out-of-work benefits for the first three months Payments being stopped after six months unless the claimant has a "genuine" chance of a job New migrants not being able to claim housing benefit immediately Deportation of those caught begging or sleeping rough.

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