Disinfo: UK to introduce visa regime for EU citizens in case of a hard Brexit

Summary

UK will introduce visa regime for EU citizens in case of a hard Brexit.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Brexit. The British government outlined that in the event of no deal, EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after 29 March 2019. For stays longer than 3 months, European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required. Further debunking by The Insider.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: Brexit, European Union

Disclaimer

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US forces Europe to back violation of the law in Venezuela

The situation in Venezuela is being used by the US to satisfy its imperial ambition and is a testing ground for practising a strategy of confrontation with everyone who does not share the imperial ambitions of Washington. The situation in Venezuela is an example of how allies of the United States are forced to back cynical violation of the law, while Europe seeks to swear allegiance to Washington.  

Disproof

No evidence given of the US forcing Europe. EU did not "swear allegiance" to the United States. Nicolas Maduro was officially re-elected president of Venezuela on May 20, 2018. Several Venezuelan NGOs, such as Foro Penal Venezolano, Súmate, Voto Joven, the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory and the Citizen Electoral Network, expressed their concern over the irregularities of the electoral process, including the lack of the Constituent Assembly's competencies to summon the elections, impeding participation of opposition political parties, and the lack of time for standard electoral functions. After that the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, Australia and the United States expressed concerns on electoral process. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela. Food shortages, poverty and hyperinflation (which according to the IMF estimates is about to reach over 10 million % based on the average consumer prices) have generated a wave of 3 millions refugees from Venezuela and the protests in Venezuela itself, when President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guido stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution. Read more here.  

West plans a Ukrainian scenario in Belarus

Western institutions promote pro-Western officials in the Belarusian state apparatus. The West, its special bodies and institutions consider a Ukrainian scenario in Belarus to tear it apart from Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Maidan protests ignited by the West and about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in the EU neighbourhood. The EU is not promoting pro-Western officials in the Belarusian state apparatus. EU assistance to Belarus aims at improving the quality of life of Belarusian citizens in a tangible and visible manner, by strengthening its economy, governance, connectivity and society. Find out more about the EU assistance to Belarus here.  

EU is accomplice of the US in the Venezuelan coup d’état

EU is accomplice of the US in the coup d’état in Venezuela. It used the situation in Venezuela to hide their own contradictions with Washington and demonstrate EU’s ‘great power’.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about the protests in Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro was officially re-elected president of Venezuela on May 20, 2018. Several Venezuelan NGOs, such as Foro Penal Venezolano, Súmate, Voto Joven, the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory and the Citizen Electoral Network, expressed their concern over the irregularities of the electoral process, including the lack of the Constituent Assembly's competencies to summon the elections, impeding participation of opposition political parties, and the lack of time for standard electoral functions. After that the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, Australia and the United States expressed concerns on electoral process. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela. Food shortages, poverty and hyperinflation (which according to the IMF estimates is about to reach over 10 million % based on the average consumer prices) have generated a wave of 3 millions refugees from Venezuela and the protests in Venezuela itself, when President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guido stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution. Read more here.