EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

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Reuters Britain, United Kingdom Nov 13, 2018, 08.30 PM (IST)

The European Union's executive proposed on Tuesday (November 13) that Britons be allowed to visit the bloc without visas after Brexit and stepped up preparations in case of a no-deal divorce.

The Commission said Britons would need no visas for stays of up to 90 days.

This would need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states to take effect.

Timmermans was speaking after EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier updated the European Commission on divorce negotiations with Britain, which British Prime Minister Theresa May said were "in the endgame" but remain stuck over the Irish border.

EU diplomats did not have high hopes for a breakthrough this week that would allow for a summit of national leaders to rubber-stamp a Brexit deal this month.

While a deal is possible in December, delays raise the risk of the most damaging scenario of Britain leaving the EU next March without agreements in place to mitigate its impacts.