Leave-backing Tory MPs call for EU nationals to pay £10 for UK visa

PUBLISHED: 16:28 24 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 24 December 2017

Border control at London Heathrow Airport. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

Border control at London Heathrow Airport. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

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A group of Leave-backing Tory MPs are recommending that European Union nationals are charged £10 for a visa to enter Britain after Brexit.

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It calls for the UK to introduce a visa waiver system, similar to the United States’ ESTA, to raise £150 million a year to pay for border control after Brexit.

The report, authored by Tory MP Craig Mackinlay and backed by the Brexiteer European Research Group, suggests the system would provide a “wealth of information” to boost security and intelligence.

The suggestion is such a charge would generate cash to invest in faster and more automated border checks to “minimise travel delays for legitimate travellers”.

The US currently charges $14 for an ESTA visa waiver, which allows multiple entry to the country over a period of two years.

It demands that visitors hand over information prior to departure, with their entry then pre-approved, speeding up checks on arrival.

The report has been sent to ministers ahead of the expected publication of an immigration white paper, setting out the Government’s plans, in the New Year.

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