HATED mobile roaming fees could come back for Brits in the EU after Brexit, it was feared today.
Last week Theresa May confirmed we would quit the bloc’s Digital Single Market when we leave next year – and it’s not yet known whether any aspects of it will be kept.
The bloc got rid of the detested fees for citizens travelling around the EU last June – which means it costs no extra to use your phone abroad.
But now it’s a matter for the Brexit negotiations, and it’s feared that roaming charges could return after we quit the bloc.
Brits previously faced an average of an extra £61 on top of their bill after going abroad.
The Prime Minister confirmed last week that we would quit the EU’s Digital Single Market – which is in charge of roaming fees.
She said: “On digital, the UK will not be part of the EU’s Digital Single Market, which will continue to develop after our withdrawal from the EU.
“This is a fast evolving, innovative sector, in which the UK is a world leader… So it will be particularly important to have domestic flexibility, to ensure the regulatory environment can always respond nimbly and ambitiously to new developments.”
But ministers have insisted that we will still be in the Single Market and Customs Union for up to two years in a transition period – meaning the roaming fee rules could continue to apply up until the end of that.
And a Vodafone chief executive raised hopes last year that the scrapped fees could be here to stay even after that.
Vittorio Colal said changing it again would be “not very logical”.
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He added: “We treat Switzerland, which is not part of the EU, as part of it so why would we not treat the UK that way?”
Three has also said they have no plans to bring the fees back.
A leaked document from the European Parliament last year said that roaming regulations would “no longer apply with respect to the UK” after we quit.
Mrs May could make the charges a part of an agreement with the EU, but nothing is completely agreed yet.
A DCMS spokesperson told the Sun tonight: “The Government is committed to securing the best deal for British consumers.
“Arrangements on mobile roaming would be subject to any negotiations; however, a future partnership between the UK and EU is clearly in the interests of both sides.”