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Brits could face BAN from entering European countries including Spain, France and Portugal

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Brits may be denied entry into European countries without a visa

It s been reported that the European Commission are reportedly considering the introduction of a visa programme to the Schengen zone, which is made up of 26 European countries. It s thought the new visa operation could work the same way as America. Meaning visitors from outside the zone would need to apply for a visa before visiting.

Countries within the Schengen area include Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.

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Brits are currently able to enter these countries with just their British passport. But if the new visa system is introduced, a Discount Holidays © holiday could prove trickier. The EU is reportedly considering tighter security to the borders following terror attacks in France and Belgium.

The Guardian reported that the European Commission is due to unveil draft legislation for the EU travel information and authorisation system (Etias) later this year.

Brits Could Face BAN From Entering European Countries Including Spain, France And PortugalCountries you need a visa to visit1

Camino Mortera-Martinez, a research fellow specialising in justice and home affairs at the Centre for European Reform, told the Guardian: In theory UK citizens, as third-country nationals, would certainly be subject to the obligations (of such a scheme).

This will have to be part of the Brexit talks. It will all have to be negotiated. Frank Brehany, Consumer Director of HolidayTravelWatch, said the introduction of a visa system for British nationals could cause staggering costs on top of already costly Discount Holidays © holiday prices. He said: The proposed introduction of an EU type ESTA or ETIAS system is something that has been under construction for some time.”

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Brits may soon need a visa for entry to certain European countries

He added: “But following the UK s vote in June, it suggests that UK Citizens will require an ETIAS every time we need to travel into the EU area because they will no longer be EU Citizens.

It is important to bear in mind that this is under consultation at this time but it is likely that the ETIAS , will like the US ESTA , have a validity period longer than one visit.

The important issue however for many ordinary families will be that obtaining an ETIAS will attract a cost; let s assume that each individual ETIAS will cost 10.

That cost will add up over the years.

The Express have reached out to the Department for Exiting the European Union for comment.

This comes after Express.co.uk revealed Brits may be banned from entering America if they have one of THESE.2

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  1. ^ Countries you need a visa to visit (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ Express.co.uk revealed Brits may be banned from entering America if they have one of THESE. (www.express.co.uk)

Dramatic images show engineers using drills to stop huge gas leak after hotel evacuated

Dramatic Images Show Engineers Using Drills To Stop Huge Gas Leak After Hotel EvacuatedSWNS

The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures

Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as a plume of gas shot up over their heads. The dramatic scenes were caught on camera in a series of startling pictures. Emergency workers raced to make the urgent repair next to a hotel at Glasgow Airport, where guests had to be evacuated in the early hours of the morning.

Dramatic Images Show Engineers Using Drills To Stop Huge Gas Leak After Hotel EvacuatedSWNS

Workers, wearing oxygen masks and ear defenders, drilled into the gas main as gas shot up

Around 200 guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2.45am and taken to a nearby Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn. St Andrews Drive at the airport was shut as emergency crews raced to stop the leak. Three fire engines and 12 gas vans were in attendance at the scene, just yards from the M8.

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “Gas engineers have traced the leak to a subterranean mains pipe and SFRS crews are standing by to assist while they work to isolate it.

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Hundreds of guests were evacuated from the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 2:45am

“Crews will continue to work with the other emergency services for the duration of the incident, which is likely to continue for some time.”

The M8 was shut by Police between junction 27 and junction 29, just before morning rush hour, but reopened just before 6.30am. Glasgow Airport remained open during the incident, but passengers traveling by road were advised to leave extra time to travel. There are no reports of any casualties.

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Hotel faces legal action following the deaths of two elderly guests

Hotel Faces Legal Action Following The Deaths Of Two Elderly GuestsGETTY/ SWNS

Carol Whymark died shortly after being taken to hospital in an ambulance

Last month it emerged that staff at the Loch Achray Hotel in Callander sent Norma Francis, 79, on a 350-mile taxi journey home in April after she showed symptoms of gastric illness. The pensioner and her husband John, 81, made the epic road journey home – but on arrival Mrs Francis could not be roused and later died. But it has now emerged that, just three weeks later, the hotel sent home 70-year-old holidaymaker Carol Whymark in similar circumstances.

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With staff suspecting she was suffering from norovirus, they sent her home to Suffolk in a taxi – but she died in hospital the next day. Her family has now instructed lawyers to investigate her stay at the hotel, booked through tour operator Lochs and Glens Holidays Limited. The company says it has launched a full investigation into Mrs Whymark’s case and has offered its condolences to her family.

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Norma Francis was sent on a 350-mile taxi journey by the hotel after she got ill

We are in the process of carrying out an investigation

Neil Wells of Lochs and Glens Holidays

Her daughter Sharone Whymark, 47, said: “I just think it is terrible that this could have happened once, let alone twice. It’s disgusting.”

On Thursday, April 28, the grandmother awoke feeling unwell and wanted to stay in the hotel. But her daughter said the hotel staff told her 73-year-old father, Desmond, that his wife had norovirus and offered him rubber gloves to clean the room, and left food and water outside. The hotel then offered to pay for a taxi to take her home, without providing appropriate medical advice, the family claim.

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The hotel will be investigated by Lochs and Glens Holidays

However, when they arrived home in Stanton, 450 miles away, Ms Whymark immediately called an ambulance but her mother died of a heart attack at West Suffolk Hospital the next day. A post mortem examination revealed she did not have norovirus in her system when she died.

The Francis family have also called for answers into the death of the mother-of-two after a post-mortem examination revealed she had contracted norovirus. Lawyers acting for the family are now investigating whether the hotel disregarded special guidelines from NHS Health Scotland, advising norovirus sufferers to stay indoors and away from others until 48 hours after their symptoms cease. Amandeep Dhillon, a public health lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, the law firm representing both families, said: “To hear that another guest has reportedly been sent home in this fashion, just three weeks after Norma’s death is both alarming and deeply concerning.”

Neil Wells, managing director for Lochs and Glens Holidays, speaking on behalf of the hotel, said: “We were extremely saddened when we heard that Mrs Whymark had passed away and extend our deepest sympathy to the family.

“We are in the process of carrying out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her visit to the hotel.”

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