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Published: Tue, September 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

United Kingdom minister: Britons may need visas to visit European Union after Brexit


British citizens wanting to travel to Europe may need to apply for an advance visa, provisionally called the EU Travel Information and Authorisation System (EUIAS), and pay a fee, with the United Kingdom press reporting the amount to be between £10 and £50.

The pay-to-visit plan emerged yesterday and is expected to be compulsory for all visitors to the 26-nation Schengen zone - which excludes Britain - from any countries that do not need a visa.

When asked if Irish workers might face the need to get work permits post Brexit, a spokeswoman for the UK Home Office told the Irish Independent she could not add anything further ahead of the negotiations.

The Guardian reports that France and Germany favour a system that would require people to apply for a visa at least 72 hours before travelling, at a proposed cost of £10 ($13.20).

The EU's Schengen zone - which includes most nations in the bloc - is considering an electronic travel authorisation system similar to one the U.S. uses for visitors from selected countries.

"We are going to have to work out what's in the UK's interests as well going to the European Union and what works for our economy and making sure that we get the right balance".

Ms Rudd said she did not believe charges for crossing the Channel were "particularly desirable" and people would be "surprised" by the move - yet she was unable to rule it out.

According to ITV, she told BBC One's The Andrew Marr show: "It's a reminder that this is a two-way negotiation".

New British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday he was considering whether a fiscal response to Brexit would be appropriate as part of a budget statement due in November.

While confirming the intention to reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands, Rudd said she could give no details as to which areas would be tackled.

"Small countries should not be overruled", he said. "Theresa May is the driver, and the rest of us are in the vehicle".

But she accepted European Union nations could choose to impose new restrictions, including requiring Britons having to apply for visas to travel.

"Tory ministers might think nothing of that, but it would make it even harder for ordinary families to afford a holiday. I wouldn't necessarily say what it means to do with the single market, but what I would say is we have to work out how we can do that, while promoting and protecting the economy".

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