Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has expressed concern that roaming charges could be reintroduced for mobile customers along the border after Britain leaves the EU. The current agreement is governed by an EU regulation, but there are no real indications as to what will happen once Brexit happens.
Deputy Smyth commented, “Mobile customers are only now getting the benefit of new rules which allow free roaming and data allowances for people travelling within the EU. It took years of negotiations to get to this point and I’m worried that border residents and people travelling across the border for work or holidays will be hit with the reintroduction of roaming charges once Britain leaves the EU.
“I don’t feel particularly reassured by the Minister’s response that “it is not yet possible to say what impact Brexit will have on cross-border roaming charges once the UK formally leaves the Union”. There are an average of 30,000 border crossings every day between the North and the republic. That’s thousands of people who will be affected by any potential changes to roaming charges.
“This is only one of a whole range of day to day impacts that people living on the border will have to deal with and the negotiations to date have been extremely slow and protracted. These are very real concerns but the Government is unable to give any clarity on the issue.
“I will be pressing the Communications Minister to ensure that mobile customers living on the border are not penalised as a result of Brexit”.