Britain, Ireland and Schengen: Time for a smarter bargain on visas

Michael Emerson
Content Type
Policy Brief
Centre for European Policy Studies
For the present UK government, full accession to the Schengen area, a passport- free travel area covering most of Europe, is a red line that it will not cross. Ireland shares a common travel area and land border with the UK and is also bound by this decision. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the UK, along with Ireland, is suffering serious economic and reputational costs as a result of its separate visa and border management policies.
Economics, International Trade and Finance, Markets, Regional Cooperation
Political Geography
Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland