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Britain wants change in rules on EU free movement

Britain wants to change rules on free movement across the EU as it braces for a possible influx of Bulgarians and Romanians, Home Secretary Theresa May told European ministers on Thursday. May, the interior minister, said in a speech to her counterparts in Brussels that free access to labour markets must not lead to "mass migration", according to the text of her address to the EU meeting.

Accordingly, countries should be allowed to impose a cap on numbers if European immigration reaches "certain thresholds". Britain was caught off-guard by the numbers of Poles who came to work after the EU was enlarged to the east in 2004. By some estimates, one million lived in Britain at some point.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013