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Scots ‘face 14 HOUR waits’ for trips to Europe amid Brexit travel restrictions

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SCOTS could face waits of 14 hours to go on holiday to Europe due to new Brexit travel restrictions, the SNP warned.

Plans for the European Entry/Exit System, which will register non-EU travellers arriving or leaving the EU, are set to be introduced later this year.

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Holidaygoers face queues of up to 14 hours this autumnCredit: Michael Schofield
MP Gavin Newlands warned some may have to cancel their trips entirely

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MP Gavin Newlands warned some may have to cancel their trips entirelyCredit: © Lesley Martin 2015
Travellers from non-EU countries have to scan their passports at self-service kiosks

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Travellers from non-EU countries have to scan their passports at self-service kiosksCredit: Alamy

Nats MP Gavin Newlands warned it could affect families travelling abroad during the October holidays.

He said: “It is maddening that families in Scotland planning to go on holiday during the October week could face huge delays and queues of up to 14 hours or may have to cancel their holidays entirely.”

It comes after Kent County Council, which includes the Port of Dover, said the impact of the new system could be “much worse” than delays in 2022, which saw tourists stuck in queues for more than 15 hours due to tailbacks at the border due to Brexit restrictions.

The new system was meant to be introduced in 2022 — before being delayed until May last year and again to later this year.

Queues at border posts could be gigantic as travellers from non-EU countries, including the UK, have to scan their passports at self-service kiosks prior to crossing the border.

This is instead of manual stamping of passports for visitors arriving and leaving the Schengen travel area on continental Europe.

Brexit has been a disaster from the very beginning, pushing up the cost of living, causing chaos for holidaymakers and leaving businesses struggling

Gavin NewlandsSNP transport spokesman

It will record the name, travel document, fingerprints and facial recognition images, as well as the date and place of entry and exit to the EU.

And the need for new pictures and fingerprints could cause huge delays.

SNP transport spokesman Mr Newlands said: “Brexit has been a disaster from the very beginning, pushing up the cost of living, causing chaos for holidaymakers and leaving businesses struggling.

“But Westminster refuses to wake up to that reality, showing complete disregard for household budgets and businesses.

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“Scotland’s only escape from the chaos of Brexit — backed by both the Tories and Labour — is independence inside the EU.”

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “The launch of the EU Entry/Exit System is being overseen by the European Commission and Schengen states will be responsible for implementation at border crossing points.

“The UK Government has been working very closely with the EU Commission and the portals to minimise any impacts on border throughput of the planned EES.

“We will continue to work very closely with all the portals, and all ministers are raising the importance of a flexible approach to implementing the EES in interactions with EU counterparts and the commission.

“There are no juxtaposed ports in Scotland.”

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