Blog: Remainer Campbell fumes at one hour wait time for passport control while EU gates clear – Express

Pictures show longer wait time for Brits trying to get through passport control in Barcelona as Brexit prevents fast-track entry into EU countries. Journalist Alastair Campbell shared the images on Twitter. He wrote: “Hello from Barcelona airport. Pic 1 EU passport queue. Waiting time 30 seconds. Pic 2 a fragment of the queue for everyone else (aka Brexit plus Rest of World queue). Current waiting time one hour. Nobody in Q admitting to having voted for act of national self harm.”

The first image shows a handful of people going through the EU passport control, with the wait time said to be standing at just 30 seconds.

But following Brexit, Brits are no longer eligible to go through passport control via the EU Citizens line, meaning wait times could be longer for those travelling to European countries.

Mr Campbell shared an image of a long queue in the second images, with wait times said to be up to one hour. 

Despite this, Brexiteers are saying the queues would be “just as long” if we were still part of the European Union.

User @oohlechat wrote: “Not a fan of Brexit, but if you all moved to the other queue, surely you would be in a queue still.”

But one remainer argued in response: “UK Passports have to be stamped for EU entry and exit… EU residents just show an ID or passport… no time spent stamping or scanning.”

And it appears other Brits are experiencing the same problems, with user @benblaney adding: “Same experience on arrival in Rome a few weeks ago. Depressing. Desperate to marry someone with an EU passport.”

However this was disputed, as one person responded: “I didn’t have one problem when I went to Rome, no queues, straight through, no problem. Either you are telling fibs, or you got them on a bad day.”

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It comes as Liz Truss travelled to New York to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

It is the first time Ms Truss and Ms von der Leyen have met since the UK politician took over from Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Frictions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which have dominated the relationship between the UK and EU post-Brexit, were planned to be high on the agenda.

However, a read-out on the meeting made only a fleeting reference to the row as both leaders vowed to work together on tackling Russian aggression.

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In an unusual joint statement, issued as a sign of unity, Ms Truss and Ms von der Leyen said Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was failing.

The statement said: “President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, met at the UN General Assembly in New York today.

“They strongly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and agreed that Putin’s recent calls to mobilise parts of the population were a sign that Russia’s invasion is failing. It is a statement of weakness.

“They recognised the courage and bravery of the Ukrainian people and underscored their joint commitment to sustaining support for Ukraine in its struggle as long as it takes. They also discussed UK EU relations including energy, food security and the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

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