THE European Commission is set to unveil new legislation that may force British nationals to have to pay online and apply for visas if they wish to travel to the continent in the looming post-Brexit universe.
Known as the EU travel and authorisation system (Etias), the scheme is based on US visa principles and would mean that members of states which do not require a full visa to visit EU countries would have to apply online for permission to travel at least three days before their flight, and pay £10 for the privilege.
Whether Britain will be forced to comply with the proposed regime hinges on how the Brexit negotiations pan out when they finally take place.
Norway and Switzerland would be exempt from the new rules under their current relationship with the political bloc, but if the UK chooses the ‘hard Brexit’ approach it may face much stricter access to both the free market and free movement of peoples, the twin pillars of the EU project.
The European Union has announced that after Brexit, the UK will need to apply for ETIAS Spain for authorisation as well as other third countries.”