- 25 Jan 2016
The bit from the quote I've highlighted in bold has me a bit confused as I've tried a Google search regarding this and unless I'm missing something, I can't find any reports anywhere that the UK has any plans to implement an electronic authorization system people who would normally be able to travel to the UK visa free would have to use to apply for authorization before traveling to our country.Wrong.
The journey must be different from today - the UK is also establishing it's version of the ETIAS which will screen both visitors and workers from the EU and will require them to have full passports (rather than ID cards) and that electronic visa before entry. The reason for that is to prevent undesirables and those wishing to work illegally (ie without permit) from entering in the first place.
That was what you voted for - control of borders, right?
Today, of course, EU's simply require ID card and no screening to enter the UK.
However, anyone from the EU wishing to circumvent all that after 1st January and enter the UK without electronic visa/passport (indeed they may only have an ID card) can legally enter the Republic with just that ID card, they don't have to give a purpose for that visit, nor do they have to disclose anything (health/criminal record etc) and then once in the Republic, can catch the bus or train directly into the UK with no further screening.
At which point they become "invisible" as we simply don't know they are here.
Are there really any such plans forthcoming for our country to implement such a system or will we end up being the only developed country not to require travelers to apply for electronic authorization to travel to? Although obviously unrelated to Europe, I've read that New Zealand has recently implemented such a system.