On Tuesday, the Prime Minister delivered a statement to the House of Commons following her visit to the European Union Council of Ministers. This statement included more information on the triggering of Article 50 as well as an update to the work the EU nations are doing in regards to immigration and border security.
I asked the Prime Minister about the proposals which were agreed by the European Council to speed up proposals for a European travel authorisation and the sharing of information. Because of Brexit I wanted to know if the UK is planning on being part of that system. If we are not, I asked the Prime Minister what it will mean for visa fees or access to Europe for British citizens.
The Prime Minister wouldn’t give a straight answer. She informed the House that she was “indeed negotiating the arrangements for the sort of European tariff or visa system”. It would appear to me that the Prime Minister is not too certain of how we will be going forward on this matter. This will result in uncertainty for people wishing to travel abroad and for businesses in Delyn that have strong links to Europe. This needs careful consideration from the Government and Parliament needs to be kept in the loop as to what the outcome of this negotiation is going forward. A bad deal on border security puts Europe’s safety at risk and ours.