In post-Brexit move, European identity cards no longer accepted at UK borders

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A post-Brexit rule prohibiting the use of EU and European Economic Area (EEA) ID cards to enter Britain takes effect from Friday, the UK government said.

According to plans announced by the government a year ago, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need a valid passport. to enter the UK as border officials stop accepting national identity cards as a travel document on October 1.

the United Kingdom said that the changes after his final departure from I earlier this year they were needed to prevent the use of more easily falsified documents, fight crime and stop illegal immigrants.

In a statement late Thursday, Secretary of the Interior Priti Patel He said Britain needs to “clamp down on criminals who seek to enter our country illegally using forged documents.”

“By ending the use of insecure identification cards, we are strengthening our border and meeting the people’s priority of regaining control of our immigration system,” he added.

Changes come like Britain faces shortage of thousands of heavy vehicle drivers which has caused a deep fuel crisis and shortage on supermarket shelves.

Figures from the trucking industry have warned that changes in IDs risk creating more roadblocks for drivers amid shortages that government critics already attribute to Brexit and the coronavirus.

The ban on IDs is part of a package of changes to fulfill the ruling Conservative Party’s 2019 election promise to seize control of Britain’s borders.

The proposed laws, which have proven controversial for human rights defenders, include powers to arrest illegal immigrants and transfer asylum seekers abroad while their applications are being processed.

The government has said that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who previously resided in the UK and have been given the right to stay in the UK will still be able to use their national identity cards at borders until 2025.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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