“This is not the Brexit I voted for!” The verdict of a certain Colin Browning produces a lot of scorn, just because the Brit has now experienced the consequences of the division of property for the first time. At Schiphol airport, the fervent Brexit fan had to sit down for almost an hour to pass through customs.
Absolutely terrible service at Schiphol, Browning fulminated on Twitter. He stood in line at customs for 55 minutes. “This is not the Brexit I voted for.”
The displeased traveler did not have to count on much compassion. On the contrary, with his remark, he has become the risking of the country. The hashtag #Oh Colin even became a trending moment. “You got exactly what you voted for. Enjoy it,” it sounded mocking.
Browning proudly presents himself on his Twitter profile as “one of the 17.4 million Britons who voted for the Brexit”. He did not just give up the lively discussion that arose. He explained not to have voted for queues of more than an hour because some of the helpers called to check their passports. And have had to stand in line longer than the flight lasted. “I didn’t vote to stand in a queue for over an hour why some jobsworth checks our passports. I spent more time at immigration than I did in the air getting to my destination.”
The question is whether this incident had anything to do with the Brexit saga. After all, Britain is still in transition for eleven months, and the rules do not change all this time.
From January 2021, however, it will be a different story at the airports. The British will then have to join the slower queues for non-EU citizens. Passports will have to be renewed faster, and those who stay in Europe for more than ninety days will probably need a visa or a residence permit.
In some countries, Britons will only be allowed to get behind the wheel if they hold an international driver’s license. Those who want to use their car must be able to present a modified green card. This must be requested at least a month in advance from the insurer.