Your phone bill could skyrocket when you travel abroad thanks to Brexit

February 2, 2017
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British tourists will have to pay for roaming charges in the EU post-Brexit, despite a European ban on the practice by Members of the European Parliament.

UK travellers will face increased costs if they use their phones in Europe, even after the 2015 legislation ruled to cut fees and enable holiday-makers to call, text and surf online at UK rates.

A leaked analysis on the UK leaving the EU has now confirmed that this would not apply to Britons after the European referendum, according to The Guardian.

The European commission had said that “consumers will be able to call, send SMS or surf on their mobile at the same price they pay at home” while travelling in Europe.

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However, the European Parliament committee has now stated: “Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 on roaming will no longer apply with respect to the UK, impacting business and other travellers to and from the UK” and “transitional arrangements will be necessary”.

It could be reversed if the UK government is able to strike a deal with the union.

Tim Farron – leader of the Liberal Democrats – said: “Theresa May must fight to keep hard-won benefits for British consumers like reduced roaming charges in the negotiations.

“This shows again why the British people must get the final say on the government’s Brexit deal once its full impact becomes clear.”

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