Updated on Friday, 1 October 2021 – 13:40
The English government, which has justified the measure by the ease with which the mafias supposedly falsify national identity cards, has presented this idea within the framework of its new immigration system.
As of today, traveling to the United Kingdom for tourism using the DNI will no longer be possible. Instead, Spaniards and other EU citizens who want to travel to British territory must show their passport. I know they can continue to present the national identity document those who reside in the country and have settled or filed status, although they will only be able to do so until the end of 2025.
The Government, which has justified the measure by the ease with which the mafias supposedly falsify national identity cards, has presented this idea within the framework of its new immigration system, a system that aspires to be more restrictive and ‘select’ with people who cross the border.
“In the UK we are proud to have traditionally been a country open to the world, and that is why Global Britain is going to continue that legacy. But of course, we also have to act against all those criminals who try to enter our country with false identity documents. “has justified the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel. “By ending national identity documents, which are very insecure, we are reinforcing our borders and fulfilling the will of the people, which is to regain control of the immigration system.”
Although Since August 2021, the minimum security standards for national identity documents have been unified in the European Union, from the British Ministry of the Interior they assure that this will not be a reality for five or ten years, so from today they will only accept the passport. The only exception will be made to those community citizens who have requested the status of settled, since, as a concession, they will be given until the end of 2025 so that they can adapt to the new legislation. Gibraltarians, for their part, may also continue to use their ID.
The justification is based on the fact that the documents of some countries did not contain, until now, biometric data of the identified person, but, since August of this year, all the new cards that have been issued in Europe comply with the security standards set by the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization.
Another drag on supply and tourism
The fact that the United Kingdom is one of the few destinations in Europe that does not accept this type of document can be a drag on the recovery of tourism, since there are EU citizens without passports who can think twice about visiting the country if for it. they have to pay the 30 euros it costs to get it. The commitment to global tourism, framed, of course, in the pandemic, is not going well for the Johnson Government, because, despite the fact that the economy reopened in July, andn summer they have only received 14% of the visitors who arrived in 2019.
Also, this new passport requirement comes at a time when the supply chain is being seriously affected in the country, and from consumer organizations have already asked the Government to open a hand with carriers who were not aware of the new requirements. “It is not only that we do not see the benefits of this new bureaucracy, but it seems to us that this can only contribute to further increasing the post-Brexit problems at the border. The British Government must respect professional transporters if it does not want distribution to take place. see even more damaged, “he points out Raluca Marian, representative of the International Road Transport Union (IRU).
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