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Britons face long list of EU barriers after transition
The EU Commission says there will be ‘inevitable disruptions’
New warnings have emerged of the barriers that will go up between the UK and EU irrespective of the outcome of negotiations on future relations.
A document reveals that Britons will be “subject to thorough checks” at borders when entering EU countries (apart from Ireland) and the Schengen area, as they will be “treated as third-country nationals.”
It was published ahead of a Commons debate on the transition arrangements and as the UK government reveals plans to spend more than £700m on border controls.
The document from the European Commission reveals that UK driving licences will not be automatically recognised but will be subject to the approval of individual countries.
The EU ban on additional mobile roaming charges will no longer be guaranteed for travellers between the UK and the continent, leaving British and EU operators free to slap on extra fees.
Passengers may no longer be protected by EU consumer rights when travelling between the EU and the UK depending on the mode of transport, the Commission says.
The warnings come in a document seen by the website euro news. It says the changes are the consequence of the British government’s choices on future relations, and on the decision not to extend the transition period.
The document says: “These inevitable disruptions will occur as of 1 January 2021 and risk compounding the pressure that businesses are already under due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
UK service providers and professionals will have to demonstrate they comply with EU conditions imposed on foreign firms or individuals. Professional qualifications will no longer automatically be recognised.