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Common Travel Area

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN 10363, tabled on 13 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 September 2017, Official Report, column 302, what the evidential basis is for the statement that the EU Commission no longer believe that continuing with the Common Travel Area after the UK leaves the EU would impinge on EU citizens' rights.

Answered on

12 October 2017

As set out in our position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland, the UK Government, Irish Government, and European Union all agree on maintaining the Common Travel Area. In our position paper, the UK provided clear assurance that the CTA can continue to operate in its current form and can do so without compromising in any way Ireland’s ability to honour its obligations as an EU Member State, including in relation to free movement for EEA nationals in Ireland. If the EU wishes, the UK would be content for such an assurance to be reflected in the Withdrawal Agreement. Michel Barnier has confirmed the EU’s commitment towards maintaining the Common Travel Area, and the UK and EU have started drafting common principles.