On Friday (February 1) EU ambassadors agreed that, following Brexit, UK citizens or British passport holders coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa-free travel.

Ambassadors mandated the Council Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament on this legislative proposal.

According to EU rules, visa exemption is granted on condition of reciprocity, and the UK government has stated that it does not intend to require visas from EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays.

However, the council has advised that, if the UK introduces a visa requirement for nationals of at least one member state in the future, the existing reciprocity rule would apply and the EU Ambassadors, Council Presidency and European Parliament, together with the member states, would have to commit to act without delay in implementing the new rule.

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