- Title: EU-BRITAIN/VISAS-COURT EU court says British visa rule illegal
- Date: 18th December 2014
- Summary: ZAVENTEM, BELGIUM (FILE) (REUTERS) AIR PASSENGERS AT BORDER CONTROL AT BRUSSELS AIRPORT SIGNS READING (French, Dutch, German and English): 'POLICE, BORDER CONTROL, EU CITIZENS, ALL PASSPORTS' PASSENGERS AT BORDER CONTROL POSTER FOR PASSPORTS AND BOARDING PASSES VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS GOING THROUGH BORDER CONTROL
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2015 12:00
- Location: Belgium
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA10DBQG3TGVT6QELLGLMSE2U0F
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- Story Text: The European Union's supreme court told Britain on Thursday (December 18) that it could no longer require entry visas in advance for non-EU citizens who are family members of EU citizens and hold a residence permit from another member state.
Ruling in the case of Helena Patricia McCarthy Rodriguez, a Colombian married to a Briton living in Spain, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said EU rules did not allow London to insist on her applying in advance for an entry visa before she travelled from their home in Marbella to Britain.
Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said the government disagreed with the ruling. He said it would await a ruling on the issue from the British High Court before deciding how to respond.
Cameron's government, which faces an election in May, has made obtaining greater national control of migration from the rest of the EU a key objective. Cameron wants to review Britain's relations with the EU before a membership referendum he has promised to hold in 2017, provided he wins the May poll.
Cameron will meet his fellow EU leaders at a summit in Brussels later on Thursday.
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