The United Kingdom nationals would be able to enter the European Union visa free for short periods of time after the country makes its exit, provided that the nationals of the European Union enjoy the same conditions when traveling to the United Kingdom, the EU has stated.
With five hundred and two votes in favour to eighty one against and twenty nine abstentions, the MEPs at the parliament of the European Union have backed a draft law that exempts the citizens of the United Kingdom from the visa requirements to enter the European Union for short visits after the country leaves the Union.
The legislation will apply from the day following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. From that date onwards, the nationals of the United Kingdom who are British citizens
will not be required to get a visa for the stays within the European Union of up to ninety days in any one hundred and eighty day period. The United Kingdom will then be included in the list of more than sixty third countries and territories the nationals of which do not need to request a visa to enter the European Union for business, tourism, or for the purpose of visiting relatives or friends. The exemption from the visa requirements does not provide the nationals of the United Kingdom with the right to work in the EU. The European Union has stated, however, that it will only grant the visa waiver to the citizens of the United Kingdom unilaterally, but on the basis of reciprocity – i.e. provided that the nationals of the European Union are also given a visa free access to the United Kingdom under the same conditions once the UK becomes a non-EU country.
In case that the United Kingdom introduces the visa requirements for the nationals of at least one member state of the European Union – the reciprocity mechanism foreseen in the legislation of the European Union should apply – according to the draft law proposal. This may lead to the visa requirements for the nationals of the United Kingdom being introduced.