Control over one’s own border – that was one of the main arguments of the Brexit supporters. Great Britain has been making increasing use of this since leaving the EU. One country in particular is affected.
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Since Brexit on January 1, Great Britain has turned away several thousand citizens from European Union countries at the border. In the first quarter alone, a total of 3,294 EU citizens were prevented from entering the UK – six times as many as in the same period last year, as reported by the daily “The Guardian” (Friday). The German ambassador in London, Andreas Michaelis, expressed concern about the development.
“You can say: This had to happen in view of the end of freedom of movement,” wrote Michaelis on Twitter. “But still: It creates a new reality and an atmosphere in which it becomes more and more difficult to stay connected.” According to the British Home Office, a total of 22 German citizens were affected by entry bans in the first quarter – twice as many as a year ago. However, this does not mean a significant increase on average over the past few years.
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The situation is different for Romania, which with more than 2,000 people makes up around two thirds of those affected. Compared to the same period in the previous year, the number almost increased tenfold.
Great Britain left the EU customs union and the internal market on January 1st. Tourists from the EU are still allowed to enter the country without a visa. In order to live or work in Great Britain, however, EU citizens recently need a visa. People who lived in the country before the end of 2020 can apply for the so-called Settlement Scheme until the end of June. This guarantees them largely the same rights as they did before leaving the EU.