EUROCRATS have announced that British tourists won’t be required to apply for a visa to travel to European Union member countries after Brexit.
British passport holders will be able to visit Europe for three months at a time whatever the outcome of Brexit, deal or no-deal.
The news comes as the European Commission revealed plans to review their visa regime after Britain’s exit from the European union.
Eurocrats declared: “The European Commission has today proposed to grant UK citizens visa-free travel to the EU after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
However, British citizens wishing to work abroad in the European Union will likely require visas post Brexit, although the new guarantee will assure free travel to the Schengen area: “It would mean that UK citizens would not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.”
The new visa rulings will either come into effect immediately after a no-deal Brexit or alternatively, in the case of a deal being made, the ruling will be applied after the transitional exit-period concludes in December 2020.
Eurocrats warned, however, that the visa-free travel offer will be withdrawn if Europeans are not offered equal travel rights to the UK after Brexit.
Theresa May has vowed to allow visa-free travel to the UK for Europeans after Brexit.
The fresh visa regime applies to every EU member state, which will, therefore, include Spain.
A UK government spokesperson said today in response to the offer: “We welcome the proposal by the European Commission which reflects the future relationship that the UK wants with the rest of the EU.