Schengen Agreement

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with EU Ministers on the Schengen 90/180 rule and extending UK citizen's rights; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Secretary of State meets regularly with EU counterparts to discuss issues related to our exit.

During the implementation period, UK nationals will be able to travel, work and live in the EU as they do now.

The Political Declaration makes clear that both sides will aim to provide visa-free travel for short-term visits, as well as other elements to support mobility in defined areas. We will be discussing the detail in the next phase of negotiations.

Our proposals for visa-free travel will apply in the event of a deal or no deal. Conditions for entry and stay of third country nationals in the EU for more than 90 days are a matter for each Member State to determine. In the event of a no deal, UK nationals staying in the EU for longer than 90 days will be subject to individual Member States' immigration rules. UK nationals will therefore need to check individual Member State immigration rules for information regarding entry and stay that would not fall under the Schengen arrangements.

The FCO provides travel advice to UK nationals travelling abroad on gov.uk. We have published advice on the steps that UK nationals may need to take to prepare for our exit from the EU, which can be found at gov.uk/euexit. The Government will publish any necessary updates in due course.

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