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UK bars more than 200 million EU citizens who have ID cards but no passports

Sumary of UK bars more than 200 million EU citizens who have ID cards but no passports:

  • For Europeans hoping to travel to Britain, a Brexit promise to end the right for EU citizens to use their national identity cards to travel to the UK has taken effect from 1 October.
  • More than 200 million Europeans can no longer visit the UK – unless they get passports.
  • Until the end of 2025 there will be a few exemptions, notably for people who have “settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme”, or those who have applied to it or have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.
  • British citizens can continue to use a Gibraltar identity card to travel to the UK.Ireland issues a “passport card” but not a national identity card.
  • During the referendum on EU membership, a key Vote Leave campaign message was: “In a world with so many new threats it’s safer to control our own borders and decide for ourselves who comes into this country, not be overruled by EU judges.
  • ”In a speech on her “New Plan for Immigration” in May 2021, the home secretary, Priti Patel, said: “This year, we will end the use of insecure ID cards for people to enter our country.

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