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MEPs support visa waiver for UK nationals

A European Parliament committee has unanimously agreed to visa-free travel for UK nationals on short-term visits to the EU after Brexit, provided that Britain reciprocates.

On 29 January, the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee voted in favour of British citizens being able to visit EU countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. This now needs to be approved by the full Parliament and national ministers in the Council of the EU. If the bill is agreed by both EU institutions, after Brexit, UK nationals would not need to apply for a visa to visit EU countries, but this would not extend to the right to work in the EU.

The visa exemption would only kick in if the UK responds by allowing EU nationals into the country for short trips after Brexit. Under the current UK guidance for a no-deal Brexit, the UK government has said it will temporarily allow EU citizens into the country for three months without visas. If they wish to stay longer, they will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain.

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