We are leaving the EU! But apart from the pound plummeting, what will that actually mean for holidays in Europe?
Well I can’t tell your future, but here are some Brexit facts that might help your immediate European holiday plans.
Will Brexit affect my European holiday?
For the United Kingdom to officially leave the European Union it has to go through a lengthy process that will take at least two years.
So until that happens there will be no changes to your European holiday arrangements and you are free to travel between the UK and the EU and benefit from European Health Insurance cards. Your rights as Air Passengers part of the EU’s remit also remain in place.
Is my passport still valid in Europe this summer?
Again, until we officially leave the EU, that is not sooner than in two years’ time, there will be no changes to current or new passports. Of course, after that they will all have to be replaced: what a waste of money!
What about at the airports? Which queue will I go into?
The EU queue. There will be no changes for 2 years. After that if will depend on what highly paid lawyers are able to negotiate.
Do I need a visa?
No. same answer: no changes for 2 years.
Will I lose my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?
In time new arrangements will have to be made between the EU and the UK but at the moment there will be no immediate changes to being able to apply for an use and EHIC card.
What about compensation if a flight is cancelled or delayed? Am I still entitled?
Again, the UK Government will need to create new laws (lucky old lawyers) on what we are entitled to if our flights are delayed or cancelled but, for the moment, until we actually leave, everything is as usual.
What about duty free? I didn’t think of Duty Free? Will we go back to having to sneak an extra bottle of Gin in the kids luggage?
Yes you didn’t think of that when you voted Leave, eh? Well at the moment we can still bring back what we like. But when we leave the EU the government is going to have to waste time, resources and money negotiating all of that all over again. Lucky we are saving so much by leaving the EU!
What about my mobile phone? What will happen to roaming charges?
Well if history is anything to go by, any excuse to put prices up and the telephone companies will jump on it. Of course we could pay expensive lawyers to draft a new law stopping them from doing so… or would you rather spend the money on a new hospital?
Can we still use cashpoints in Europe?
Listen, it’s not like the whole world has collapsed. Anything you could do around the world you will still be able to do in Europe. So cashpoints: yes!
Will it cost more to go on holiday in Europe?
Yes! Actually, for the short term it will cost more to go on holiday anywhere in the world!
Of course, if you have already paid for arrangements you will be protected to a certain extent but your spending money will buy less: so fewer bottles of booze, fags, meals out, souvenirs and in future maybe fewer holidays. Of course you could take a staycation!
What about the cost of European flights?
Well there are two issues here. Firstly a weaker pound will mean that they will go up. Also unless the expensive lawyers that the UK Government has to hire can negotiate full access to the EU’s common aviation market, the cost of being part of the open skies arrangements we have today may go up.
Can my travel company ask for a surcharge?
Yes they can. The good (hah!) news is that package holidays surcharges are limited to only 10%.
Check the terms and conditions of your booking it will say it all in the small print… you may be lucky: let’s keep out fingers crossed eh?
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