BRITISH people will be forced to pay €5 to enter Spain under new EU proposals.
Interior ministers of the EU will meet tomorrow to discuss the bureaucratic plan to make non EU-residents pay the current rate of £4.30 and give their details online before entering any of the 26 Schengen states.
This would include both those living in Gibraltar and in the UK, thanks to the Brexit vote.
British EU diplomat Sir Julian King has defended the move, which he believes will strengthen security measures against terrorism following the attacks in Belgium and France.
According to the European Commission, the Etias scheme would apply to non-EU residents aged over 18.
Once they have signed up, they will be able to make multiple trips over a five year period.
EU Security Commissioner Sir King, talking to the Press Association, said: “We think this is going to be a valuable additional piece of the jigsaw.
“It will allow us to know more about the people who are planning to come to the EU in advance so that if necessary they raise questions about either security or in some cases migration.
“We’ll be able to intervene even before they arrive in some cases.”
In tomorrow’s meeting, Amber Rudd, the British interior minister for the EU will consider the plan together with a packet of proposals to fight against terrorism.
Rudd caused controversy in EU circles in October when she defended the possibility of a visa for foreign workers coming to the UK.