No deal equals no wifi, says EU

It used to be common place for nations locked in disputes to threaten withholding valuable resources.

Gas and oil are the two most commonly used – but as much as we know they’re important, they’re not as essential as wifi.

Are they?

Thought so.

Well, in keeping with the modern world the EU has decided that if no deal is reached over Brexit, then no free wifi will reach the UK.

The European Commission updated its questions and answers page on the scheme, called WiFi4EU, on Monday (19 March).

It added the question: ‘What will be the consequences of Brexit for British applicants?’

“Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant,” the commission stressed in the answer.

“If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, the change of the beneficiary’s legal situation will imply a cessation of EU funding,” it added.

The scheme works as follows.

Municipalities will have to apply for an EU voucher through an EU website, which on Monday was not yet set up. They will then have 18 months to procure and complete wireless internet hotspots.

The municipality then gives the company the voucher, which it can subsequently redeem with the commission.