Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Say No to Visas for EU Citizens

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Priti Patel 1In their latest move to cut Britain off from mainland Europe the Conservatives are proposing introducing electronic visas for EU and Commonwealth citizens making short-term visits to the UK. If that goes ahead, the EU would doubtless feel obliged to reciprocate by imposing visas for British citizens wishing to visit the Continent. This is ending Freedom of Movement with a vengeance. Home Secretary Priti Patel believes that this will make Britain more “secure” — a concern that last week’s terror attack in London has heightened. But the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, like the other terrorists who have carried out incidents in Great Britain, was British. The problem lies within, not over the Channel. But this government has become ideologically obsessed with breaking our close relationship with our current EU and EEA neighbours, turning us into an isolated entity like the United States. But whereas the US is a whale and can survive with tough border controls, intent on keeping people out, Britain will be a minnow once it leaves the EU. Not only will imposing visas for EU citizens further antagonise our European neighbours, it will also do incalculable damage to major sectors of the British economy, not least the creative industries (where mobility is often crucial) and tourism. This really is a crazy idea and provides one more glaring reason why electors in Britain should not vote Conservative on 12 December.

2 Responses to “Say No to Visas for EU Citizens”

  1. John Ellison said

    Well said. This is using the terrorist attack by an ethnically pakistani individual born in britain and radicalised online to make a completely unconnected restriction. This is exactly opposite to the lessons from this attack.

  2. Frank West said

    Have a referendum on it, will be more support for visas than actually leaving the EU – a more interesting question is the amount of access that is available to our government’s databases on the populace as well as other countries database, all without any permission from the people on the databases, all needed to make electronic visas work.

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