Spotify music, Netflix shows and content on other online streaming services could be blocked to British citizens on holiday in Europe if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the government has admitted. At the moment, ‘portability’ regulation ensures that streaming services are not allowed to discriminate between someone when they are at home in the UK or if they are travelling to the rest of Europe. Users can go on holiday to France and still have full access to the Netflix films and Spotify music they get at home, for instance. But a tranche of newly-released official documents about the anticipated impact of a no-deal Brexit includes a paper that suggests the portability arrangement that exists with the bloc would “cease to apply”. “This means online content service providers will not be required or able to offer cross-border access to UK consumers under the EU Regulation,” the papers make clear. “UK … [Read more...] about Spotify music and Netflix films could be blocked for UK citizens in EU after no-deal Brexit, government admits
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Spotify, Netflix and other online streaming services could be blocked to British citizens on holiday in Europe if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the government has admitted. At the moment, 'geo-blocking' regulation ensures that streaming services are not allowed to discriminate between someone when they are at home in the UK or if they are travelling to the rest of Europe. Users can go on holiday to France and still have full access to their Netflix films and Spotify music, for instance. But a tranche of newly-released official documents about the anticipated impact of a no-deal Brexit includes a paper that suggests the 'geo-blocking' arrangement that currently exists with the bloc would "cease to have effect". "Following repeal of the Geo-Blocking Regulation in the UK, traders from the UK, EU and third countries would not be prohibited from discriminating between EU customers and UK customers," it says. "For instance a UK trader would be able to offer different terms to … [Read more...] about Spotify and Netflix could be blocked for UK citizens in EU after no-deal Brexit, government admits
UK ministers and leading Brexit supporters have been falling over themselves to claim the moral high ground ever since Theresa May's post-Salzburg speech, in which she seemed to be preparing the ground for a no-deal Brexit by stating unilaterally that the 3.3 million EU citizens would be able to stay in the UK - whatever the outcome of negotiations. Instead of focussing on ring-fencing the political agreement already reached on citizens' rights, 'the EU-27 must now do the same for our 1.2 million British nationals in Europe' – is the cry that we are currently hearing the most. However, while I wish that the EU-27 would move faster on aspects of our post-Brexit settlement, the idea that unilateral guarantees by themselves are equivalent to what's been agreed in the (albeit inadequate) draft withdrawal agreement is incorrect. This is because neither side is in a position to unilaterally guarantee our rights on several important issues. For example, 80 percent of British people … [Read more...] about [Opinion] May’s ‘unilateral guarantees’ won’t protect UK citizens in Europe
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Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief, has attacked EU-27 countries for neglecting residency procedures for the more than a million British citizens living in the bloc. Mr Verhofstadt criticised the majority of the remaining 27 member states, which he accused of not making proper arrangements from the 1.24 million expat Britons in the EU. “I am far from happy concerning the treatment of UK citizens in the EU27,” the former prime minister of Belgian said in a speech in Vienna. “Most member states have not yet started the process and many have not yet determined the procedures. We will remain very vigilant on this issue,” he said at the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in the Austrian... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit … [Read more...] about Guy Verhofstadt attacks EU-27 over treatment of UK citizens in Brexit negotiations