Isn’t this nice of them?

British travellers will be welcome in the EU this summer if coronavirus restrictions are lifted in time, the European Commission said on Wednesday

Brussels is investigating ways to save the summer holidays by encouraging tourism between its member states. More than three quarters of trips made by EU citizens are to other EU countries.

Vera Jourova, a vice-president in the EU executive, called on the bloc’s member states to lift travel bans and border controls thrown up in response to the pandemic “as soon as possible” after it was deemed safe by scientific advice.

She moved to quash fears that Britons might not be able to benefit from EU moves to allow tourism this summer season because of, among other issues, the UK response to Coronavirus….

If nations allow travel then you’ll be allowed to travel. The EU having nothing to do with this as it doesn’t determine the rules about who a nation allows in. But it’s very nice of them to say that if they do they do, isn’t it?

For if they hadn’t said something then we’d all be wondering what the EU was for, wouldn’t we?

19 thoughts on “Isn’t this nice of them?”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    The EU having nothing to do with this as it doesn’t determine the rules about whom a nation allows in

    Schengen is an EU accord so in that sense it does concern the EU. On the other hand, though, Schengen member states have currently waived Schengen unilaterally so perhaps this is an attempt by the EU to reassert some authority.

  2. For if they hadn’t said something then we’d all be wondering what the EU was for, wouldn’t we?

    Well if that”we” consists of the set,” people who know fuck all about it”… good point. At the moment the country is borrowing fast and if we get to 100% of GDP I would not be surprised ( shit hole territory). There must come a point when creditors lose confidence ( warnings do sometimes come true suddenly and calamitously you know )
    That means that plan A which was to let debt balloon and throw cash around in the hope we can all find new customers, is off the table .
    We are driving straight off this cliff next year with motor for one on its knees and in the midst of exactly the sort of paradigm shifting circumstances that exposes structural weakness.
    Where do we export fish and sheep, how do we deal with EU clients …where do we get our food from.
    Ignore me all you like but there are going to be some very very angry people when they realise how badly they have been lied to.

  3. Shut your trap Facepainter.Thanks to the gross mishandling of this CCPvirus –we are all going to be poor as church mice. Brexit is one of the few bright spots in that we gain the power to run our own affairs.

    What that is worth with moronic BluLab shite like Johnson at the helm is not promising. Not because of freedom but because we have a legacy of scum both running society and –as with the Face himself–infesting it.

  4. Newmania asked about sheep. Delingpole once pulled up the numbers – UK sheep sales are about 61 – domestic, 36 – EU , 3 – not EU. Round numbers. Rory Stewart once lied to his constituents when he claimed that over 90% of the trade was with the EU. I expect our Remainiac visitor has once agreed with that number.
    But let’s say you care about owners of farm land with sheep on them so much that you want to help – and the EU never buys another sheep product ever – then buy half as much again as you used to and we’re done. A few farms at the margins can switch to something else.
    And this is the most extreme example of an ag product that would be affected under a ‘no trade at all’ scenario.

  5. The Meissen Bison

    In this period of near-universal NHS worship, it’s heartening that Pneumonia can remind us of that lesser divinity, the EU.

    Of the UK borrowing Pneums says: if we get to 100% of GDP, and it’s worth remembering that there are founding EU member states already well in excess of this level and who, to make things worse, are unable to “print” more money because – horrors – it’s not their money to print. Also it’s a resounding “Nein” to the ‘coronabonds’ that Italy (and Spain) are demanding.

    Rush me to that cliff and don’t spare the horses!

  6. Dear Violet Elizabeth Newremania, please advise how many units of PPE your beloved EU meisters have provided to member states? How much support are your beloved EU meisters providing to member states?

    If anything, the EU have demonstrated how fecking useless they really are. That house of cards is finally starting to tumble. Where will you go then, Violet-Elizabeth? Not many countries out there without foreign languages.

  7. Fears? For whom? The tourists, or the tourism industry? I don’t think either will be exactly pleased if lockdown is replaced by red tape.

  8. anything, the EU have demonstrated how fecking useless they really are.

    The NHS is not under the control of the EU which employs many highly paid purchasing staff who have failed completely provide for such an emergency all on their own.
    The European Union is also useless at running schools maintaining roads fighting wars getting the trains to run on time distributing welfare social housing and so on
    Thats probably why the UK needs about ten times as many bureaucrats as the EU …just to make really sure not one fucking thing about this useless country works

  9. “More than three quarters of trips made by EU citizens are to other EU countries.”

    Rascist Little EUers

  10. Dear Mr Worstall

    “For if they hadn’t said something then we’d all be wondering what the EU was for, wouldn’t we?”

    And when they do say something, we all wonder the same thing.

    DP

  11. “Rascist Little EUers”

    Well quite. Americans are derided for rarely travelling outside the USA (which encompasses a 3000 mile wide continent) while Europeans travel a few hundred miles and are lauded as seasoned world travellers.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    There might be some deals going round when all this lifts. Not sure of the source as his link doesn’t work but Matthew Goodwin on Twitter:

    Not that I needed another excuse to visit #Sicilia but when Italy re-opens the regional government will cover half the cost of your flights and a third of your hotel expenses … great initiative

  13. Thats probably why the UK needs about ten times as many bureaucrats as the EU …just to make really sure not one fucking thing about this useless country works

    Yet you are still here, Violet Elizabeth. At least you admit the EU is shit, but if it is so shit why do you still shill for remaining? No doubt weasel words will follow, just like the shitty insurance documentation you draft for a living.

  14. She moved to quash fears that Britons might not be able to benefit from EU moves to allow tourism this summer season because of, among other issues, the UK response to Coronavirus….

    With the exception of Germany, how has the UK’s response to the virus been different from just about any other country in Western Europe? France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands – what is different?

  15. I wonder to what extent not having UK chip in its share is causing problems for CV bailout discussions in EU, I have no doubt we would have been a contributor not a recipient. Germany is now realising how much of the bill it’s going to have to foot and internally without us that’s not a popular political decision.

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