Belgrade was granted candidate status in 2012 progress has been slow with Croatia repeatedly blocking discussions. But in a historic move Serbia has been given the green light from Brussels to formally start negotiations.The negotiations come weeks ahead of the EU referendum, sparking fears Serbian membership could lead to an large number of migrants arriving in Britain.

The country will be expected to bring in a raft of reforms to fall in line with EU requirements of member states. Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith said: “David Cameron now needs to set out how he plans to limit pressures on our NHS, schools and the housing crisis we face. “If we vote to stay in, this will get worse when Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey join the EU.” READ MORE