On June 23rd, the UK public made one of the most momentous political decisions of its time, and voted in a referendum to void its membership with the European Union. With the European Union having a huge impact on legislation and regulations in the UK, many people are concerned about the impact Brexit will have, particularly when it comes to travelling and going on holiday and whether the EHIC will still be valid within countries in the EU. For more information regarding the EHIC you can visit ukehic.com, but we have put together a list on other how Brexit will affect other factors of our holidays.
Value Of The Pound
One of the biggest factors that Brexit will have an impact on is the value of the pound to the Euro. Since the result of the referendum came in, the pound has experienced a period of volatility, and it is uncertain how long this will continue for. If you’re not due to travel in the next few weeks or month, then hold off on getting the euros and other currencies, until the markets have died down.
Open Skies Agreement
When it came to the EU referendum, many airlines such as easyJet and Monarch, were against voting to leave due to the uncertainty that it would bring. Between the UK and the EU, an Open Skies Agreement was negotiated, which has helped to increase the number of airlines in Europe that go to and from the UK, as well as reducing the cost of flights. Brexit has led to an unclear future when it comes to flights, and it is likely that the UK will have to renegotiate their Open Skies Agreement in order to avoid an increase in costs and a reduction of direct flights between the UK and countries in the EU.
Possibility Of Visas
With the UK leaving the EU, there is an uncertain future about whether people will need to obtain visas in order to go on holiday to a country in the EU, much like you have to do when visiting America and Australia. This could lead to an increase in holiday costs, as visas or visa waiver programs such as what is used in America for certain countries, are an additional cost. However, it is unlikely that the EU will want to make travel from the UK very difficult, as in 2014 alone, UK holidaymakers spent around £19.76bn in EU countries.
Mobile Phone Charges
Nowadays, many people struggle to live without their mobile phone and when they’re on holiday it can be a useful source for taking photos, using maps and staying connected with loved ones back home. A recent benefit of being a member of the EU is the reduction in data roaming costs and the cost of calls, messages and data, and this is meant to be reaching the point that it will now cost no more than it does when you’re at home. For now, this won’t change, but when the UK do come out of the EU, two years after Article 50 is activated, this future may become uncertain, and mobile phone companies could review charges and increase bills.
Air Travel Delay Rights
Under the EU Regulation 261, an Air Passenger Rights legislation was introduced, where passengers could claim up to €600 per passenger if their flight was delayed by more than three hours, or was cancelled or they were denied boarding and the airline was found to be at fault for it. For now that will continue, but if the UK do precede to leave the EU, this legislation will cease to exist in the UK.