Will Britons Need a Passport to Visit Europe?
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Visa-free travel to Europe may be a thing of the past if the EU has its say during Brexit negotiations. According to the Guardian, legislation is being drafted regarding the matter.
“The European commission is due to unveil draft legislation for the EU travel information and authorization system (Etias) later this year as part of a broader response to calls for greater security across the continent following recent terror attacks in France and Belgium,” the paper reports.
Britain is not a member of the Schengen Zone, which allows for visa-free travel within the 26 countries that are members.
“France and Germany both back a system based on the US ESTA scheme, under which visitors from countries that do not require full visas must apply online for permission to travel, preferably 72 hours before they leave, at a cost of $14 (£10),” writes Jon Henley for the Guardian.
The idea of having to get a visa to go to Europe is not a popular one.
“It’s going to annoy a lot of people,” he said. “We can ask for full free movement, but any arrangement is going to have to be reciprocal, so you have to ask what Nigel Farage and the others will accept. We have no idea what the rules will be,” Steve Peers, a professor of EU law at the University of Essex, told the Guardian.
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However, Norway and Sweden have successfully negotiated arrangements that allow for visa-free travel Peers noted, so there is a chance that an agreement can be reached between Britain and the EU.
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