Brexit: Liz Truss can ‘finish Brexit’ says Marc Roche
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Britain’s departure from the European Union has caused a number of changes to be implemented. Among these, Britons may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing at border control.
Sam Gad Jones, Financial Times journalist in Switzerland and Austria tweeted a picture of his experience at an airport recently, which showed a considerable queue for non-EU arrivals.
The queue appeared to be for passport control, and many of those in the line sported facemasks in addition to carrying large bags.
The journalist described the delays experienced as a “manifestly cretinous event”.
Accompanying the image, he wrote: “I know we’re all supposed to be accepting about Brexit now, but for those of us who regularly travel and have lives beyond the narrow confines of decaying Britain, it is still a manifestly cretinous event.”
In a tweet to his 118.7k followers, Brexiteer Richard Tice issued a retaliation to Sam Gad Jones’s comments.
He claimed that Britain’s departure from the trade bloc was a “very fine thing”.
The leader of the Reform party added that Brexit had helped “millions” due to an increase in wages.
He said: “For millions of lower paid Brits living in Britain, receiving good pay rises thanks to Brexit stopping unlimited low skilled immigration, it’s a very fine thing.”
However, some of the FT journalist’s 14.7k followers were sympathetic to his plight, including Michael who wrote: “There were no queues before Brexit. None whatsoever”
While Richard Wallace added: “Well said”, and Alastair Mackie wrote: “It’s nuts. And two return trips to the EU takes a page of passport stamps.”
Others voiced their disagreement with his tweet, including Steve P who wrote: “I’ve travelled 6 times since Brexit and never had a problem” and Sam Wilkins who added: “I think this simply shows a busy airport rather than a ‘manifestly cretinous event’.”
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And S Coast Steve added: “I have travelled numerous times since Brexit and, apart from Covid checking in some European countries, have not noticed any significant change.
“I did enjoy flying into Berlin and finding no one in the Non-EU passport queue while 100s were waiting at the EU gate.”
Following Brexit, tourists do not need a visa for short trips to EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Tourists are permitted to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
There are also different rules for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania whom each have their own separate 90-day limits.
In addition, new travel rules mean there are restrictions on taking meat and dairy products into the EU.
There are some exceptions, for example, certain amounts of powdered infant milk and infant food are allowed.
Tourists could also face data roaming charges as the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway has ended.
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