Britain is to be told to phase out the 999 call number as the European Union demands a standard emergency number across all member countries.
(The Times, 1 January 2000)
The rules establishing a Single European Emergency Number specifically allow for its use in parallel with other recognised emergency numbers, such as 999. The main concern is that EU citizens should be confident of how to contact the emergency services whether at home or visiting other Member States. Although 112 can already be dialled in the UK, the article itself goes on to point out that “Individual member states cannot be forced to change their emergency numbers”, nor should they be.