Possible visa scheme ready to rock British

BRITISH tourists could be facing a €60 charge to visit Europe, after Spanish demands over Gibraltar’s status derailed the EU’s visa-free travel plans.

The dispute, about whether the British Overseas Territory should be described as a “colony”, threatens agreements on legislation, which exempts individual UK nationals from needing a travel permit.

The European Parliament rejected a Spanish proposal that a footnote, containing the contentious description of the disputed territory, be added to the legislation.

It is the third time the proposal has been sent back by MEPs, increasing the risk the plan will not be in place before the UK leaves.

Czech MEP Petr Ježek, told the Guardian newspaper that Spain was “playing with fire”, just weeks before the UK departs from the EU.

The plan would secure visa-free travel until 2021, but Brits will have to pay €8 for three years of visa-free travel, under a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

But if the current impasse is not broken, and the UK crashes out, Brits planning to stay in an EU country for under 90 days would have to pay €60 for a Schengen visa, which takes up to a fortnight to be authorised.

Ježek said: “The negotiation is stuck, and Brexit will hurt immensely. We should do everything possible to soften the impact, rather than create further problems for half-a-billion people.

“If there is no agreement, and no visa exemption for the UK, the British Government may adopt a similar approach, and that would be a disaster.”





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