Brexit LIVE: Portugal first to defy hated EU border rules as Britons to be fast-tracked

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Its Government has announced it will treat British holidaymakers the same as EU citizens, which is expected to massively reduce queuing times at the border. Britons will be able to use e-gates rather than wait for manual checks, as was previously required, and still is required in other EU countries. The move is likely inspired by the fact the UK is Portugal’s biggest overseas tourist market and dismantles claims Britain would be cast aside by the international community after Brexit.

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  • Portugal first to defy hated EU border rules

    Britons will be able to use e-gates to cross through Portugal’s border rather than wait for Manuel checks as the country becomes the first to defy EU border rules.

    Luis Araujo, President of Turismo de Portugal, told the Telegraph opening the e-gates would “provide increased accessibility for our valued British travellers, as we head into the busy summer period”.

    He added: “We’re delighted to have made travel to Portugal even more seamless for those able to make the most of the new e-gates.”

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