The European Union will demand free access to the NHS and welfare for former UK residents now living elsewhere in the bloc, it has been claimed.


And the Brexit claim could mean tens of thousands of people can travel freely to the UK in order to access benefits including the health service paid for by UK taxpayers.

Plans reportedly being drawn up in Brussels show officials will demand a further extension of the list of beneficiaries in a move which could put significant pressure on the UK.

They will call for European migrants to be given full access to the UK’s welfare system, full access to the NHS and education rights similar to those currently in place, according to the Daily Mail.

It comes as the NHS in England is facing a year-end deficit of £750m-£850m according to NHS Improvement (NHSI) which published its findings in February.

While the Scottish Government has run up a fiscal deficit of £14.8bn in 2015-16 meaning public services are likely to be cut across the board.

Jane Collins, Ukip home affairs spokeswoman, said the EU was being “antagonistic and unreasonable”.

She added: “If this is the stupid way the EU are going to negotiate it’s going to be a long two years.

“If we concede to such demands we might as well of not evoked article 50 and just stayed as we were.

“Our negotiators need to set down the rules early on: our desire for an amicable arrangement is not a request to be treated as a door mat. We are not a cash cow for Brussels.”

The news comes after it was revealed the EU has a growing debt mountain of £203billion (€238billon) and has admitted difficulties in paying its bills.

The European Commission (EC), which oversees the budget and is run by unelected president Jean-Claude Juncker, says it tried to make the funding crisis “disappear” .

Luxembourg politician Mr Juncker, who represents the European People’s Party (EPP) and earns €304,212 per year plus allowances of as much as 15 per cent more, took over the budget of the bloc in 2014.

But according to the latest “past due” figures, which the EC also calls “payment backlogs” and “reste à liquider” or (RAL), the funding gap has shot up dramatically in less than two years.