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Number of EU citizens refused entry to UK soars despite Covid crisis

Post-Brexit rules allow travel without visas, but border officials have wide powers to exclude visitors

The number of EU citizens being prevented from entering the UK has soared over the past three months despite a massive reduction in travel because of Covid, according to Home Office figures.

A total of 3,294 EU citizens were prevented from entering the UK, even though post-Brexit rules mean they are allowed to visit the country without visas. That compares with 493 EU citizens in the first quarter of last year, when air traffic was 20 times higher.

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