Eastern European countries will be kicked out of the Schengen Zone along with Greece, Spain, and Italy under a radical plan to save the European Union passport-free travel area in the wake of the migrant crisis.

Belgium, France, German, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are set to re-draw the boundaries to just include the original members, creating a ‘Mini-Schengen’.

Strict checks could also be introduced at passport control to systematically compare the names of all arrivals against those on counter-terrorism databases – potentially leading to much longer queues.