British people will be able to travel across the EU without visas, even if a no Brexit deal is reached. The new regulation allows British citizens to visit the continent without a visa for up to 90 days and was approved by the European Parliament. However, a row could be brewing over Gibraltar after the EU described it as a colony.
The row highlighted strains over the territory on Spain’s southern coast as Britain quits the Union and the remainder of the EU states swing the bloc’s policies behind Spain, which is taking advantage of Brexit to ramp up its claim to The Rock. A UK government spokesperson said: ‘The EU’s provisions for visa-free travel into and out of the Schengen area cover Gibraltar, and mean that in any scenario, British nationals from Gibraltar will be able to travel for short stays in and out of Spain and other countries in the Schengen area. ‘Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe in this way. ‘Gibraltar is a full part of the UK family and has a mature and modern constitutional relationship with the UK. ‘This will not change due to our exit from the EU. All parties should respect the people of Gibraltar’s democratic wish to be British’. It would have mirrored the Esta programme for travel to the U.S. where holidaymakers need to register before they can visit.