Mobile phone firms urged to avoid EU roaming charges after Brexit

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dominic Raab has promised mobile phone users that roaming charges will not be introduced on customers if Britain leaves the EU with a no-deal.

The Brexit Secretary said two companies – Three and Vodafone – will not introduce charges on phone users when they travel in Europe in the event of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

He’s called on other firms to follow their lead or they may be forced to implement no roaming charges by law.

The Government would legislate to introduce a cap on charges if there is a no-deal scenario.

Information about the potential impact on mobile phone users is being set out in a series of technical papers on what could happen if Britain leaves the EU without an exit agreement.

Mr Raab told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We've had some good news from businesses like Vodafone and Three. They have publicly said they wouldn't introduce any roaming fees for UK consumers travelling on the continent.

What we have said is we would like to see other companies following suit, but, in any event, we would legislate for a limit on roaming charges to make sure in a no-deal scenario that we protect British consumers."

Mr Raab has also said the UK would not pay the £39bn divorce bill to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit being struck with Brussels.

The cabinet is expected to publish contingency plans for driving licences and passports after a three hour “no deal” planning meeting.