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Published on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gibraltar row means Britons might need £52 visa to travel to EU


British tourists might need to apply for a £52 visa to travel to the EU after March 29 due to a fresh argument over the status of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory.

Although remaining EU member states had agreed to exempt UK nationals from requiring a visa to travel to continental Europe after Brexit, Spain has insisted that the legislation being drawn up to allow this to happen should include a footnote describing Gibraltar as a 'British colony'.

However, this was rejected yesterday by the European parliament, which denounced the description as 'colonial language which has no place in the world'.

If the member states are unable to reach an agreement on the wording in the next few weeks, there will be no visa exemption for UK travellers to the EU after March 29.

This might mean they would have to apply for a Schengen visa, which costs €60 (£52) and takes up to three weeks to process, or wait for the completion of bilateral deals with individual member states before being allowed to travel.

Czech MEP Petr Jezek told The Guardian: "The negotiation is stuck.

"Brexit will hurt immensely and 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."

The European Parliament has suggested the footnote should simply state that there is 'a controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom concerning the sovereignty of Gibraltar', but so far this has not proved acceptable to the European Council.


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  • shot in the foot!

    Customers will simply go elsewhere - least line of resistance. Turkey is already filling fast with Tunisia/Morocco doing well.

    By Peter Reeve, Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • Read what the article says...

    "...British tourists might need to apply for a £52 visa ..." "Might" is the operative word and most of the remain propaganda love to talk about possibilities - few of which will happen. Spain, of course, will never cease its efforts to make Gibraltar part of Spain (funny how the Spaniards don't seem to want to let go of Ceuta and Melilla, though) but the threat of visas is a hollow one. If the EU began to insist on visas for British tourists then Britain could insist on visas for EU tourists. Nobody will win and it simply won't happen.

    By Richard English, Thursday, February 21, 2019

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