The UK government’s immigration approach is "cynical and vacuous", UKIP's Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe has said.
Reacting to Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits, Mr Woolfe said: "Once again we have David Cameron attempting to sound tough on immigration. It is nothing more than a cynical and vacuous attempt to fool the British public.
"Cameron says nobody can be entitled to something for nothing – yet he still wants migrants to be able to claim benefits for three months having contributed nothing. This is the same government which currently hands out £1.7 million per month to migrant families for free social housing and cannot stop migration from any country inside or joining in the future.”
He pointed out the government’s failure to reduce net migration. “This is also the same government and same Prime Minister who pledged to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands – but has instead overseen hundreds of thousands net per year continue to flood into an increasingly crowded Britain,” Mr Woolfe said.
He claimed that Britain needed an Australian-style points system for migration, so that the country “can judge potential migrants from all over the world on the same basis: whether they can make a positive contribution to life in our already-overcrowded country.”
Mr Woolfe said the UK will never introduce an Australian-style points system for migration as long as it remains in the EU.
"As long as we remain inside the European Union, EU law states that all citizens must have equal access to welfare and benefits. There is therefore an issue of legality here too," Mr Woolfe said.