The EU’s much vaunted non-negotiable principle of the free movement of people just got a lot more more expensive. Brussels wants Britain in the EU but not Britons in Europe by the look of it. From the Daily Telegraph:
Tickets on cross-Channel ferries will rise in price by £50 because of new EU emissions rules, operator P&O Cruises has announced.
P&O, Britain’s biggest operator, said a return ticket for a family of four travelling from Dover to Calais will increase in price from £160 to £210 from January 1.
The company blamed new rules set in Brussels, which force operators of ships in the English Channel, North Sea and Baltic Sea to adopt more expensive low-sulphur fuel, called marine gas-oil.
They will also have to install filtering equipment, called ‘scrubbers’ costing millions of pounds.
The UK Chamber of Shipping said that some routes could close as the new rules made them economically unviable.