British Customs officials have begun asking for ID from people who reside in their country but are from the European continent …
This could get more widespread ….
Already UK/EU border checks started off with miles long lines of trucks at the tunnel connecting England and Europe….
It will take a while for things normalize….
One EU diplomat said the cases were probably down to officials not having enough clarity around the new rules, rather than a hostile environment toward foreigners.
“This is kind of a gray area,” they said. “The Border Force officials have the authority to try to determine who you are and even to ask you for details of your residence, but they cannot ask you for proof of your settled or pre-settled status.”
Meanwhile, passengers on a flight from Milan to London in early January were required to show they had proof of settled status before boarding their flight, according to a third EU diplomat.
The Home Office said Border Force staff have received a comprehensive training program on new procedures and has provided guidance to airlines.
“We have been clear that there have been no changes at the border for EU nationals coming back into the U.K. after travelling abroad — except those in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, which apply to everyone,” a government spokesperson said. “A person with status under the EU Settlement Scheme should continue to use their valid passport or national identity card to cross the U.K. border.”…