Bad news for Ireland's border counties as roaming charges could return after Brexit 2 weeks ago

Bad news for Ireland's border counties as roaming charges could return after Brexit

Another day, another absolute mess.

It feels somewhat fitting that communication problems should arise in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, only the latest news is no laughing matter.

If you happen to live in a border county or travel across the border for any reason whatsoever, you may face serious financial difficulties under new UK government legislation.

Brought before the British parliament on Tuesday, a draft statutory instrument focusing on electronic communications in the event of a no-deal Brexit outlines the intention to revoke current legislation that allows the usage of phones registered with UK networks in the EU at no additional cost.

Should Britain successfully leave the EU on 29 March, those affected will be liable for surcharges when travelling outside the UK.

The Huffington Post notes that consumer groups lobbied hard to develop a new method in which to maintain the current system, which came into practice in the summer of 2017.

Despite their pleas and warnings of increased costs, the government opted, following "careful consideration", to shoot down this proposal.

Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman blasted what she described as "a stark reminder" of Theresa May's "chaotic handling" of the Brexit negotiations.

“The Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to rule out no deal," Chapman said.,

"And yet these proposals prove that it will be holidaymakers and businesses that are forced to pay the price for this government’s incompetence.

“It’s unacceptable that these plans have been snuck out. Ministers need to start being straight with the British public about the consequences of no deal and take it off the table once and for all.”

On Wednesday, President of the European Council Donald Tusk spoke of the "special place in hell" for those in power who pushed for Brexit.

Later that same day, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared to offer Tusk some friendly advice on the UK press in an exchange that was picked up on-mic.