In a heated debate on roaming charges in the EU, a Brexiteer shuts down Remainer Jacqui Smith.


In a heated debate on roaming charges in the EU, a Brexiteer shuts down Remainer Jacqui Smith.

On the Jeremy Vine show, JACQUI SMITH was silenced after Telegraph editor Olivia Utley refuted assertions that roaming charges were increased as a result of Brexit.

When the UK was still a member of the EU, free-roaming was introduced in June 2017, allowing people to utilize a reasonable portion of their existing package in other European nations without incurring additional charges. Operators could reimpose charges as a result of Brexit, however the big four – EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone – have declared they have no intentions to do so. Ms. Utley said that corporations decide whether or not to charge British citizens when they travel abroad.

“I think it’s a sign that if you’re in the EU as a consumer, you get safeguards from being part of the single market rules that you don’t get if you’re outside the EU,” Ms Smith said on the Jeremy Vine show.

“No one notified me on the side of the bus that if four of us go to Europe for a fortnight, it will now cost us £56 more than it would have cost us previously. That’s how Brexit works.”

“I believe we really need to get this into proportion,” Ms. Utley said. If you’re on these phone networks, it’ll cost you £2 per day, or £1 if you buy a bundle.

“Because of Brexit, we were able to avoid being dragged into the EU vaccine scheme, which didn’t work very well; ours did.

“I believe it is critical to keep these things in perspective.”

“These firms choose to establish roaming costs; the government does not mandate it,” she added later.

“I honestly believe they will realize that people dislike Vodafone and EE because they charge roaming fees, and they will get rid of them once more.”

Vodafone has become the second major UK mobile network to reintroduce charges for customers traveling to Europe.

New Vodafone customers who sign up on or after August 11 will receive a discount.

Existing customers are exempt, however anyone who upgrades and renews their contract on the same date will be charged (so if your contract ends and you leave it rolling and unchanged, you will not fall under the new rules).

The charges, however, will not take effect until January 6, 2022.

The decision will have no effect on those on the company’s Xtra plans.

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