This is spite! Carole Malone slams EU for charging Brits to enter Europe

EU slammed by Malone over 'spiteful' move of charging Brits

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Panellists Carole Malone and Owen Jones erupted on Jeremy Vine show this morning, arguing whether it is unfair for British holidaymakers to pay for entry into Europe under new plans for a visa scheme. The discussion came after officials have confirmed last night that tourists will have to pay a a £6 fee to enter mainland Europe, which will come into force next year.

 

Speaking on Jeremy Vine show, Owen Jones argued: “Brexit is now permanent, we’re going to be having Brexit now probably forever. We’ve left the European Union. I think almost all of us have agreed, that’s got to be respected. That’s going to happen.

“But I think people have got to stop pretending it’s a costfree exercise where all the things people wanted to leave happen under no costs.

“So all the reasons they voted for Brexit, and there are lots of legitimate reasons why people did vote to leave the EU. I’m not a big fan of the EU I voted remain on balance, but this is what people said would happen.

He went on: “We’re not a member of the European Union anymore.

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Carole Malone interjected: “Why did they need to do it now, when they didn’t do it before?”

Owen Jones replied: “Because we were a member of the European Union!”

Carole Malone then said: “Yes, but why is it necessary to impose a 6 pound charge? You know Owen, you are being very calm about leaving the EU.

“This is spite and divisiveness on the part of the EU.

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“And it’s a very old move considering that there are quite a lot of countries within the EU that were very dependent on UK traffic for holidays for holidays.”

Under the ETIAS scheme (The European Travel Information and Authorisation System) that applies to all the non-EU countries, British tourists heading to the likes of Greece and Spain will have to pay €7 to be screened ahead of their visit.

The regulations for the system were confirmed yesterday.

Tory MP Peter Bone has said that this is “anti-Britishness” in the wake of Brexit.

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Mr Jones said in response: “Look, freedom of movement has ended. One of the main reasons people voted to leave the European Union was to end freedom of movement.

“And the quid pro quo of that is we’re not members of the European Union and we are now subject to visa charges.

“It’s the same with other countries there’s several other countries on the planet where in order to enter you have to pay a visa to us.”

He added: “If we were still members of the European Union, there would be freedom of movement, and we wouldn’t be subject to this.”
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