1. How many people use international roaming? Some businessmen, yes. Some holidaymakers, yes, for a week or two per year. For most British people the effect on their household budget is small or non-existent. However it's definitely a 'nice to have'.
2. For people on the continent it’s different – more of them pop over a border to work or shop. So they get more benefit than the average Brit does.
3. The EU's rules don’t have force in non-EU countries. However, some UK operators are already applying the lower roaming charges to countries outside the EU – so what makes anyone think they would increase charges if we left the EU? And Norway is not in the EU – so why does it have the same roaming charges as EU members
4. The EU Commission started working on this in 2005 and they’ve been constantly changing the laws ever since. In effect, the Commission is trying to price-fix – setting prices which mobile operators must obey for a customer’s cross-border usage within the EU.
5. However if you reduce a company’s profits in one area, they’ll just have to make up the difference in another. What will happen to our domestic tariffs
if the EU keep interfering in just the EU cross-border part of the mobile operator’s business?
6. Finally, why is the EU so fixated on this one small area of our lives? Answer: It’s the EU’s clear intention to become one country: the United States of Europe. It therefore makes sense for them to start standardising many costs across all member states, prior to becoming one country.
In some areas of life we might benefit, but in others the EU’s interference will mean that our living costs will rise.
[Sources: Regulation (EC) No 717/2007. Regulation (EU) No 531/2012. Regulation (EC) No 544/2009. (COM/2013/0627 final - 2013/0309 (COD). Commission Release 'Roaming charges and open Internet' 30 June 2015. International Roaming Regulation ERG Guidelines 2nd release.]