PRIME Minister David Cameron is visiting Spain and Portugal today to drum up support for Britain’s EU membership renegotiation bid.
But his discussions with Mariano Rajoy and Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coehlo will be overshadowed by Europe’s lengthening migrant crisis.
Cameron said he ‘as a father, I felt deeply moved’ by photographs of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s dead body washed up on a Turkish beach this week.
Cameron is set to announce that Britain will take in thousands more Syrian refugees.
So far Britain’s ‘vulnerable persons relocation scheme’ has given refuge to 216 people.
An online petition demanding Britain take more refugees has been signed by over 300,000 people, three times the number needed for the issue to be debated in parliament.
Cameron is pushing for changes to EU law which would prevent migrants claiming benefits for four years ahead of 2017’s referendum on Britain’s EU membership.