East Midlands MEP warns Hard Brexit could see return of rip-off holiday phone bills

Mobile phone roaming charges will finally end across the EU on Thursday (May 15) – but local Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott, has warned that a Hard Brexit could see British holidaymakers once again saddled with rip-off bills.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said:

“Labour MEPs in the European Parliament have long campaigned for the end of outrageous roaming charges. Ahead of the summer holidays, it is great news that these have finally been abolished across the EU. Local holidaymakers and business travellers will now be able to phone home, text their friends, surf the internet and upload pictures at no additional cost.

“However, with Britain leaving the European Union, there is no guarantee this will continue in the years after we leave.

“If Theresa May and the Tories cannot deliver a deal, or opt for a disastrous Hard Brexit, we face the very real prospect of British holidaymakers, business travellers and students once more being landed with exorbitant bills, and European visitors to the UK being similarly ripped-off.

“It is vital that the Government puts consumer interests at the heart of their Brexit deal. Nobody wants to be left out of pocket.”

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