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Britons Could Face Europe Roaming Charges Again

Britons could face Europe roaming charges again Photo: MGN Online. Britons could face Europe roaming charges again

February 07, 2019 10:10 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) - The British government says Britons traveling in Europe could face a steep hike in mobile phone charges after Brexit.
            
European Union phone companies are barred from charging roaming fees when customers travel within the 28-nation bloc. But a draft piece of U.K. legislation says that if Britain leaves the EU without sealing a divorce agreement, "it will not be possible to impose a limit on the wholesale charges faced by U.K. operators when their customers use networks owned by EU operators."
            
The government said Thursday it would be up to phone companies to decide whether to reintroduce roaming charges.
            
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. A divorce deal has been rejected by the U.K. Parliament.
            
If the two sides do agree on a deal, phone charges will not change during a 21-month transition period. It's uncertain what would happen after that.

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