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EU plan to make Brits scan their fingerprints and take their photo at the border is likely to cause travel chaos for UK holidaymakers, ministers fear (and we’re relying on the French to make the checks work)

Brussels’ plan to make Brits scan their fingerprints and take their photo when entering the EU is likely to cause travel chaos for UK holidaymakers, ministers fear.

British and non-EU passport holders will have to go through fingerprint checks and face scans under the new EU Entry/Exit System (EES). The system will check each passenger’s name and biometric data when they enter an EU country.

It will replace the stamping of passports, which began after Brexit when the UK became a ‘third country’ to the bloc – meaning it is not a member state and does not have the right to free movement within the EU.

French officials will carry out EES border checks at Dover for the Eurotunnel and at St Pancras International for the Eurostar.

Lord Cameron, James Cleverly and Mark Harper have all raised concerns about the new system with French ministers, noting that the changes could lead to travel chaos, the Telegraph reports.

One senior Government source familiar with the discussions on the new checks told the Telegraph: ‘The main risk is that we are in the hands of the French in those places where there is going to be disruption on UK soil.’

Rishi Sunak was supposed to bring up the EES plans during a call with Emmanuel Macron last month, but the two leaders ended up addressing other topics.

But the Prime Minister did speak to Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission who is hoping to be reappointed next month, about the new checks.

Some nations have previously expressed concerns about how much time the EES process will add to queues at EU borders, with the Slovenian government saying it will take ‘up to four times longer’.

In a report released last year, French public finance watchdog Cour des Comptes predicted queues at the UK-France border will at least double when the EES is launched this autumn.

The Port of Dover, which has regularly seen long delays resulting from post-Brexit checks, said the new system could lengthen inspections on cars from 45 seconds to as long as ten minutes.

In January, Ashford council warned that the EES could lead to 14-hour queues at the port, with potential tailbacks along the A20 and M20.

Eurotunnel warned it could take as much as six minutes longer to process each car boarding its trains.

It will not apply to EU citizens, non-EU citizens requiring a visa to enter the EU – as they would have already provided fingerprints with their visa application – and non-EU citizens resident in EU countries.

Despite apprehensions EES will be introduced on October 6 – just a few weeks before school half-term and potentially right in the middle of a general election campaign.

Each time visitors try to cross into the continent, they will have to show a facial image and provide four fingerprints.

Personal data including first name, surname, date of birth, nationality, sex, travel document and the three-letter country code will all be required – with under 12s exempt.

Austria claims processing times would be ‘double compared to the current situation’, while Croatia warned checks would ‘certainly be significantly longer’.

EES will cover arrivals to all EU countries except Cyprus and Ireland. It is also being adopted by Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Ryanair has warned against EES, saying it would ‘result in significant duplication of effort’ because of the high proportion of people exempted.

One of the reasons for delaying its introduction was next year’s Olympic Games in Paris, with chiefs warning it could cause chaos for millions of passengers travelling to France.

But sources in the European Commission and the French government said there would be no further delays.

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