European Commission offers Brits visa-free travel to EU countries in no-deal Brexit
European Commission officials today proposed visa-free travel for Brits to the EU even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The proposal, which would need to be reciprocated by the UK, will calm fears that travel to the EU would be far harder – and potentially costly – after Brexit. Under the Commission's plans, visa requirements would be waived for Brits travelling to the EU for short stays up to 90 days.
If the UK does strike a deal with the EU (which would include future travel arrangements) then the visa-free travel proposal will apply during any transition period.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and two other diplomats made the proposal at a meeting of the College of Commissioners in Strasbourg this afternoon.
A UK government spokesperson said: “We welcome the proposal by the European Commission, which reflects the future relationship that the UK wants with the rest of the EU.
“We have been clear in our proposals that we want to ensure reciprocal measures on visa-free travel for tourists and short term business visitors with the EU.”
Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to end freedom of movement once the UK leaves the EU, with a single immigration system that would not prioritise EU migrants.
The Commission's no-deal planning documents also include proposals to ensure no disruption to flights between the UK and EU.