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Southend MP tells European Union to "sod off"
10:00am Friday 8th March 2013 in Echo News
BRITAIN should tell the European Union to “sod off” rather than pay benefits to Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants, according to a Southend MP.
Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will be eligible to move to the UK in December and, under EU law, claim benefits if they pass a simple residency test.
The European Commission, the law-making arm of the EU, has the power to fine the UK if it does not comply with the rules.
However, Mr Duddridge argued that was a risk worth taking.
He said: “No one has ever paid any of these fines.
“Please, please, please: just say no, tell the Commission to sod off and do not pay the fine.”
His outburst brought a swift reprimand from John Bercow, the Commons speaker, who told him to “wash his mouth out without delay”.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory secretary of state for work and pensions, said he would “skip the language and keep to the sentiment”.