An immigration lawyer has said that “no one trusts politicians” and suggested it was a reason why over 3.5 million Brits tried to renew their travel documents causing the UK Passport Office website to crash.
The consumer group Which? warned that UK travellers could be barred from entering several European countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit unless they renew their passports by Friday.
Harjap Banghal told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that it was “human nature” for people to panic.
He added: “We have had two years to sort this out. What we have learnt is that a lot of people have been lying about Brexit – both the Leave and Remain side.
“No one now really trusts anything politicians or the government says. People have got holidays or work commitments riding on it.”
He added: “Everyone is in this vortex where no one knows what is going on. There have been no reassurances. There are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’.”
Visitors usually need at least six months left on their passport from the date they arrive.
Until recently, UK citizens who renewed their passport before it expired could have up to nine months of the remaining validity added to their new travel document.
The Government has warned that this time carried over will not count towards the six-month requirement after a no-deal Brexit, meaning people with up to 15 months left on their passport could be denied entry to many popular destinations on the continent.
Figures obtained by Which? show that around 3.5 million current British passports will not comply with the validity rules.