Irish politician calls UK plan to introduce travel authorization for EU travelers inapplicable


A member of Sinn Féin, an Irish Republican and Democratic Socialist political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, called out the UK’s plan to introduce a travel authorization requirement for travelers from European Union countries, including Ireland, “”impracticable” & “Inapplicable. “

Speaking to the Assembly on Monday, December 13, Caoimhe Archibald, who has been a member of Sinn Féin and Member of Parliament for East Londonderry since 2016, insisted that any attempt to force EU travelers to apply for a travel authorization prior to their trip to the UK would be “create unreasonable levels of bureaucracy and unacceptable legal insecurity for thousands of citizens”.

According to her, such measures would be “create a real risk of racial profiling“and therefore would be”hardening the border for thousands of our fellow Europeans,“, Reports

The proposal must be abandoned. It is also incumbent on the Irish government and the EU to make the UK government understand how fundamentally impractical and unacceptable it would be.“said MP Archibald.

The travel authorization Archibald refers to has been discussed among the UK’s top leaders since 2016, following a positive vote by UK nationals to leave the EU.

On May 26, 2021, announced that the UK was officially set to introduce a pre-registration requirement for EU travelers reaching UK territory.

In early December, Immigration Minister Kevin Foster presented the plans to the Northern Ireland House of Commons, noting that every traveler to the EU would need to obtain travel authorization online via “simple procedures. “

He also told those present that the documents would not be checked at the UK border with the Republic of Ireland.

The idea immediately met with backlash from Ireland, which, like the members of Sinn Féin, believes that the creation of which system represents a “hardening of the border”. The UK and the EU have tried to avoid the latter since the start of Brexit negotiations in March 2017.

Stephen Farry, Member of the British Parliament for Northern Ireland, also rejected the idea, insisting the program would create “new bureaucracy” and “legal uncertainty“for thousands of people.

>> UK plans to introduce travel authorization requirement for EU citizens wishing to enter Northern Ireland

A requirement similar to that envisaged by the British authorities will soon come into force in the European Union. From mid-2022, travelers from third countries allowed to enter the 26 countries of the Schengen area without a visa, including here UK travelers, will need to apply online for a travel authorization called ETIAS, which stands for European Travel. Information and Authorization. System.

According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, around 1.4 billion travelers from more than 60 countries around the world will be subject to the ETIAS requirement. Other countries like the United States, Australia, and New Zealand have similar requirements in place as well.

>> European Commission confirms Britons will have to apply for ETIAS to travel to EU after Brexit


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