Monday, 25 April 2016

InFacts: EU travel visas would stop tourists not terrorists

InFacts: EU travel visas would stop tourists not terrorists

by Luke Lythgoe

"The Leave camp has floated the idea of requiring visas from EU citizens after Brexit as a way of tightening up security. Such a move would hurt our economy and almost certainly lead to visa requirements being imposed on Brits travelling to Europe, while adding little protection against terrorists coming from the EU.

Dominic Raab, the eurosceptic justice minister, told the BBC on Sunday: “We should at least have the power and the control” to look at new visa requirements for EU countries to “make sure we keep Britain safe” (watch from 09:10).

Raab admitted there would be retaliatory restrictions on Brits going to Europe, either visas or “some other kind of checks”. That, on its own, would be a big blow: UK travellers could lose visa-free access to the entire Schengen Area – currently 26 countries, including non-EU countries such as Switzerland and Norway – and maybe to other EU countries too. As well as the extra hassle involved, foreign holidays would become more expensive. Schengen visas normally cost €60."

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