EU checklist shows how Brexit compares to full membership

No more pet passports, visa-free travel beyond 90 days or guaranteed free mobile roaming for UK citizens travelling to the EU from January 1. These are some of the changes highlighted by the EU Commission

29 December 2020
The European Commission released a checklist showing how Brexit compares to full EU membership
By Connexion journalist

The European Commission has released a 25-point checklist showing how the UK’s relationship with the EU will differ from January 1.

The list is divided into seven categories, such as “free movement of people”, “air transport” and “EU programmes”. 

The UK and the EU agreed a trade and cooperation deal on December 24, which sets out the future relationship. 

Christopher Chantrey, vice-chairman of the British Community Committee of France, told The Connexion shortly after it was announced that he was relieved but not celebrating. 

“If we look at the whole situation we - the British in France and in Europe - are less well-off than we were before the referendum in 2016,” he said. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter that he "welcomed the importance of the UK/EU Agreement as a new starting point for our relationship, between sovereign equals."

To see the EU Commission’s checklist in full, you can go to their website here, and scroll down to the final document. 

The list shows, among other things, that UK citizens will no longer enjoy guaranteed free mobile roaming in EU countries, that they will no longer be able to use pet passports, that professional qualifications will not be recognised and they will no longer be able to take part in educational exchange programme Erasmus. 

The Brexit trade deal does include protections for UK pensioners’ and visitors’ healthcare and for pensions.

The left column is what benefits the UK will have under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the right column is the benefits that full EU members have. The circle denotes that there are now specific conditions in place related to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

See some example screenshots of the checklist below. 

European Commission
European Commission
European Commission
European Commission

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