However, if this really is the case, surely the Portuguese government can change the rule without seeking permission from Brussels.

Previous letters have highlighted the many problems created by the 90/180 rule which is causing us, and several others to our definite knowledge, to seriously consider selling our holiday home and buying one outside the EU. We are happy to limit visits to 180 days per annum - if we wanted to be here longer we would apply for residency - but if we are going to be told when to visit it is difficult to justify the expense of EU10,000 pa in standing charges alone for the house, car etc. This will be a direct loss to Portugal together with our substantial expenditure whilst we are in the country.

Come on Portugal. Do what is best for the country and stop slavishly following European (EU?) diktats which damage your economy.

David Foot, By email