Transport chiefs have raised the alarm over long queues when the entry/exit system (EES) – requiring knowledge to be collected on the border for all non-EU arrivals – is launched subsequent yr.
Quizzed by anxious MPs, the Cabinet Office acknowledged it didn’t know the way the checks will probably be carried out – because the variety of cross-Channel vacationers is predicted to bounce again after Covid.
Requested what it could imply for automobile or coach passengers, Emma Churchill, the director common of the border supply group, mentioned the French authorities had but to reveal its plans.
“So I can’t let you know precisely how the French intend to implement the entry and exit system,” she instructed the Commons public accounts committee.
The hope was that the checks could possibly be introduced in “with out beginning to trigger these queues backing up”, Ms Churchill added.
Meg Hillier, the committee chair, known as it “an enormous concern”, whereas a Conservative, Richard Holden, urged the federal government to work to keep away from “disruption”.
“What’s actually worrying me is you’ve got potential Covid checks and biometric passport checks will are available in some unspecified time in the future,” he instructed a panel of Whitehall prime civil servants.
The checks are anticipated be significantly troublesome on the “juxtaposed controls” with France – that are on the UK aspect of the Channel – however will probably be launched throughout the 26-nation Schengen Space.
Not like the looming Etias visa-waiver program – much like the ESTA required for journey to the US – they can’t be carried out prematurely, on the reserving stage.
The entry/exit system was developed whereas the UK was an EU member, however will now have implications for travellers from this nation due to Brexit.