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Customs officials in Stuttgart made the discovery after inspecting the records of the workers who fitted out a sports shop for a Slovenian company. The men were identified as Matthew O, 22, Carl P, 30 and Pjotr ​​O, 51 under German data protection laws. In addition to the three British men, two other people were also deported, including one from Croatia and another from Croatia, Serbia.

The British are said to be out Hornchurch in East London.

The men were told that they did not have the correct documents to stay in Germany.

Thomas Seemann, the spokesman for the customs office in Stuttgart, told The Times: “The official allegation against the men is that they worked illegally in the Federal Republic of Germany because they did not have a place of residence or the correct documents.

“On this basis, they had to provide ‘financial security’ for the expected sentence.

Germany punished and deported three British electricians (Image: GETTY)

“The public prosecutor in Stuttgart will determine how high the penalty will be.

“The sum that the men had to leave was only three digits, so not very much.

“And if the prosecution decides that the fine they should expect is very small, the men will get some of the money they paid back.”

Mr Seemann added that the three British men could have stayed in Germany and avoided a fine if they had come with a registered and approved work permit.

He added: “You have had some work here in Germany in the past.

“So maybe [they] I just didn’t know the rules had changed. “

Britain officially cut ties with the EU on December 31 last year, which means there will be new rules after Brexit that British citizens will have to adapt to.

The withdrawal agreement that the UK signed with the bloc states that unregistered UK citizens can face fines or even a ban on re-entry into an EU member state.

British citizens can expect fines or even a ban on re-entry into an EU member state under the Brexit agreement

British citizens can expect fines or even a ban on re-entry into an EU member state under the Brexit agreement (Image: GETTY)

The UK government says that Brits who were legally resident in Germany until January 1, 2021 will now need a special residence permit, also known as the GB Residence Document.

You must also register your place of residence with the local immigration authorities by June 30th.

The German Missions website on the UK website states that UK citizens “do not need a visa for Schengen member states unless they stay for more than 90 days within a 180-day period and are not engaged in any economic activity”. .

This means that while the UK was part of the EU, citizens could live and work in all member states without restrictions.

The UK officially cut ties with the EU at the end of last year

The UK officially cut ties with the EU at the end of last year (Image: EXPRESS)

However, this has changed as the country is no longer a member of the bloc.

This comes after Spanish authorities warned UK tourists and second home owners that Brexit will not allow them to stay in the country for more than 90 days and will have to return to the UK by now if they do not have the correct status.

Brits who arrived at Alicante-Elche Airport yesterday were denied entry to Spain before being sent back to Manchester on the same plane.

Stuart Miller, a 47-year-old man from Manchester, shared his anger that he was turned away.

He told Olive Press: “People with letters from the Alicante Immigration Office asking to collect their residence cards have been turned away. What other evidence do you need to obtain a residence permit?”

A spokesman for the British Embassy in Madrid said: “If a British national is planning to travel to Spain from the UK, he must ensure that he meets the requirements for both leaving the UK and entering Spain, not the same.

“As of March 31, entry into Spain will only be granted to passengers who can demonstrate that their travel is essential, as well as those who are already legally resident in Spain.

“Ultimately, the decision to enter Spain will be made by Spanish border guards.”

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