EP approves visa-free travel for British after Brexit

BRUSSELS (AA): Amid continuing chaos over Brexit, with Britain’s prime minister seeking another delay on the exit date, the European Parliament Thursday ratified a measure to allow British citizens visa-free travel after Brexit.

The EP’s Committee on Civil Liberties proposed Wednesday that after Brexit, British citizens would be able to enter EU countries visa-free for short periods, “provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the U.K.” said a committee statement.

The proposal was voted in the full EP on Thursday, and passed.

It will apply on the day following Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc.

From that date, British citizens will not be required to have a visa for stays in the EU of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, under the proposal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that the U.K. needs an additional short extension from the EU from the current exit date of April 12.

The EU is set hold an emergency Brexit summit on April 10, two days before the delayed date.

Britain’s parliament has repeatedly failed to settle on any plan for Brexit.

In a 2016 referendum, U.K. voters decided to leave the bloc after a more than 40-year-long membership.