Martin Lewis discusses post-Brexit roaming charges abroad
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In an attack against Brussels, the Tory MP for Wokingham criticised the EU for pressuring Britain’s trade to Northern Ireland since Brexit. While the EU refused to resolve matters over Northern Ireland, Brussels has quite easily changed its policy to encourage UK holidaymakers to the continent, Sir John claimed. In a tweet, Sir John said: “The EU can ease controls on our trade when it suits them.
“They now want UK holidaymakers to go there despite the continuing high levels of virus cases and deaths, but are unable to relax their extreme controls on Northern Ireland trade.
“I’m looking forward to my UK holiday.”
On Wednesday, EU ambassadors are expected to sign off on a plan to allow fully vaccinated Brits to fly to Europe from the UK.
By allowing travel, UK nationals will not need to receive a Covid test or quarantine when they arrive on the continent.
This comes from pressure from EU states such as Portugal, Greece and Spain who rely heavily on UK tourists.
However, the UK Government has only included Gibraltar and Portugal on its green list.
Every other EU state is on the amber list meaning travellers must take a Covid test before leaving the UK, then quarantine and take two travels tests on return.
The list will only be updated on June 7 before the Government reviews its overall policy on June 28.
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While the EU has allowed the return of UK travellers, trade issues remain in Northern Ireland since the beginning of the year.
Amid the issues to businesses in Northern Ireland, Lord David Frost has proposed phasing in the new checks for goods from October.
In March, the UK extended the grace period for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland to October.
Although criticised by the EU, Northern Irish official welcomed the move due to the issues to trade as a result of the Northern Ireland protocol.
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The UK Government has now formulated a roadmap, shared with the EU, showing how the remaining checks will be brought in over a four-stage period from October.
According to the document seen by the BBC, the UK proposes phase one will include checks covering fresh meat products.
Phase two in January 2022, will cover fresh fruit and vegetable products although the remaining two stages do not have set dates.
Speaking to MPs Lord Frost said: “From the EU point of view the easiest solution to any border problem is we should just operate the same rules as they do.
“That doesn’t work for us and isn’t going to be the solution.
“My assessment of the situation is businesses and a good proportion of society in Northern Ireland feel anxious about the effect of the trade boundary between GB and Northern Ireland.
“They are seeing effects from it and are having to divert supplies to some extent.
“They are concerned about where this might take us.”
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