Gordon MP Richard Thomson has condemned the latest Brexit-blow to hit families with the news that those planning a trip to EU countries from next May will have to apply before travelling for authorisation through the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) – a new security check that will apply to UK citizens after Britain left the EU.
Each individual will be charged the equivalent of £6, meaning a family of five will have to shell out an extra £30 for permission to visit countries where, prior to Brexit, we had the right to live permanently.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“For families fortunate enough to still afford a holiday during this Conservative cost-of-living crisis, this is yet another financial penalty inflicted on people in Scotland because we are subjected to Westminster control.
“Every day, the damage done by Brexit to people’s livelihoods and lifestyles becomes more and more apparent. It is a catastrophe Scotland didn’t vote for and, as the recent Scottish paper on independence makes clear, it is making us poorer.
“For years the UK has been lagging behind in economic performance in comparison with a range of our European neighbours and Brexit is making it worse. While the disaster of leaving the EU was driven by the Conservatives, it is now supported by both Labour and the LibDems.
“The only way to fix it – and for Scotland to become wealthier, happier and fairer - is for us to re-join the EU as a normal independent country.”