British Holidaymakers Could Be Banned From Entering The EU After Brexit Under Strict Coronavirus Travel Rules That Affect Non-EU Countries - Unless Officials Grant A Last-minute Exemption
British holidaymakers could be banned from entering the EU after Brexit under strict coronavirus travel rules that affect non-EU countries - unless officials grant a last-minute exemption.
The UK and Europe are in the process of trying to hammer out a Brexit trade deal that will apply after January 31st, but hopes of a deal are dampened today after Boris Johnson returned from Brussels last night with 'significant differences' remaining.
However any deal may still not include coronavirus travel rules, which allow non-essential travel into the EU from just a handful of third-party countries where infection rates are very low, such as Australia and New Zealand.
Despite the UK having lower infection rates than 18 of the 27 EU member states, officials say there are currently 'no plans' to add Britain to the 'safe' list, which is reviewed every two weeks.
Currently the EU advises against non-essential travel within the bloc, but most citizens can still travel freely between the 27 member countries despite the coronavirus pandemic.
And Britain would not automatically be exempt from the third-party country rules even if Boris Johnson were to strike an 11th hour deal with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels this week.
Von der Leyen pushed the button on the EU's no deal Brexit plans today as she urged increasingly panicky member states not to do 'side deals' with the UK.
Arriving for a European summit in Brussels, the commission president warned the situation was 'difficult' and insisted leaders would discuss the situation later, after a 'final' deadline of Sunday was set to come up with a way of settling the disputes over level playing field provisions, fishing rights and enforcement.
The comments came as the EU published contingency plans, with what appeared to be an offer to smooth disruption to freight and air travel in return for ongoing access to UK waters.
Brexiteers accused Ursula von der Leyen of trying to 'blackmail' the EU today as she pushed the button on the EU's no deal plans - and urged increasingly panicky member states not to do 'side deals' with the UK
But Tory MP David Jones, one of the heads of the influential Eurosceptic ERG group, said: 'This just shows how desperate they are doesn't it.
It's clear they are desperate to do a deal.
'All they need to do is treat us like any other third countries they have deals with.'
The former minister added: 'I'm pretty sure the response the Prime Minister will give is that this country does not buckle in the face of intimidation, threats and blackmail.
That's not how we do business.'
British tourists could be banned from travelling to the EU from January 1 under strict coronavirus rules, despite the UK having an infection rate that is below many EU member states (pictured above, tour thác bản giốc Covid infection rate per 100,000 people based on December 9 data)
The UK also has a lower death rate from the virus than many other major European countries and tour thác bản giốc tourist destinations, including the likes of Italy, France and Portugal
To qualify for the list, countries must have an infection rate that is equal to or kynghidongduong.vn below the EU average on June 15 when cases were very low.
Currently, the list includes the likes of Australia and New Zealand, which have rates far below that UK (above)
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