EU won’t give UK special treatment on migration

EUROPEAN leaders have declared the UK will not get unrestricted access to the EU's market if it caps migration.

Open migration between member states was a major issue in the UK's vote to leave the union, but that failed to sway European Council President Donald Tusk.

He said migration remained one of the "four freedoms" and was not negotiable.

"Leaders made it crystal clear that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms - including freedom of movement," Mr Tusk said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has met with Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Scotland wants to remain in the EU, having voted overwhelmingly to stay in the union, but may need to split from the UK to do so.

However, the ABC reported Spanish acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had opposed separate talks with Scotland and said the EU should be speaking only with UK representatives.

"The Spanish Government is opposed to any negotiations with anyone else but the British Government," he said.

"The United Kingdom leaves and with it, all those who make up the United Kingdom."

Meanwhile, outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down in the wake of losing the support of 80% of his MPs.

"It might be in my party's interests for him to sit there - it's not in the national interests and I would say, for heaven's sake man, go," Mr Cameron said in Parliament.

Labour politicians voted against Mr Corbyn 172 to 40 in a no-confidence motion after the Brexit vote - but Mr Corbyn refused to stand down.

Topics:  brexit european union migration scotland

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