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Britons Visa To Europe after Brexit Uncertain but perhaps no Policy Change seen

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Rumors had it that Britons might be required to get a visa upon entering Europe but here’s CNN’s coverage on that: Britain is not part of Europe’s borderless Schengen zone, so British people are already checked at entrance points in EU-member nations. They must show their passports but do not need them stamped to enter.
Even after Brexit, the EU would unlikely try to restrict British people entering the region for a holiday. The most likely scenario is that British nationals would be treated much the same as those from other countries with close ties, meaning they could enter the Schengen zone but their passports would be stamped and they would join non-EU citizen lines at entry points. Read CNN’s views here: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/22/europe/brexit-britain-eu-people/

Whereas News Sky has different arguments. This is their insights:  Their The executive body of the EU is reportedly considering plans to operate a visa programme based on the US system.

British citizens may have to apply for visas to travel to Europe after the UK leaves the EU, according to reports.

A scheme apparently being debated by the European Commission suggests the 26-nation passport-free Schengen zone, which does not include the UK, could operate a visa programme similar to the US waiver.

Currently UK passport holders can travel throughout member states without having to apply for short-term visas.

But Britain’s decision to leave the EU has left question marks over the criteria needed for UK nationals to visit the Schengen zone.

According to The Guardian, the EC is due to unveil new draft legislation later this year as part of a broader response to calls for greater security across the continent following recent terror attacks in France and Belgium.

Camino Mortera-Martinez, a research fellow specialising in justice and home affairs at the Centre for European Reform, was quoted in the newspaper saying: “In theory UK citizens, as third-country nationals, would certainly be subject to the obligations (of such a scheme).”

He added: “This will have to be part of the Brexit talks. It will all have to be negotiated.”

Reference: http://news.sky.com/story/britons-may-need-visas-to-travel-through-europe-10571854

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