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UK backed plan to charge non-EU travellers to enter Europe

Exclusive: David Cameron’s government said to have been one of ‘biggest supporters’ of idea in 2016

The British government was one of the “biggest supporters” of EU plans to require non-EU nationals to obtain authorisation and pay a fee to enter the bloc’s passport-free travel zone, the Guardian has learned.

David Cameron’s government backed the idea when it was floated by the European Commission in April 2016, three months before the EU referendum, when few foresaw the €7 (£5.95) fee would one day hit British travellers.

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