Rob Reaks , March 25, 2019
With prescient timing the British Tourism & Travel Show takes place at the NEC this week, celebrating domestic tourism and “the very best of Britain and Ireland”. The organisers claim that leisure breaks, day trips and group visits are booming, and it looks like 2019 is set to break all records.
Theresa May’s request for an extension to the date when we leave the EU means yet more uncertainty for everyone, and the situation is becoming extremely disconcerting for anyone who wants to book a holiday in Europe this year.
Are the planes going to be flying?…The Express
Travel lawyer Alan Bowen explained: “Flights will continue on the same routes and at the same frequency as they did in summer 2018.
“Although those planning to use a new route may find that some of them are delayed until a bilateral agreement is reached between the UK and the other country.”
The Commission will also safeguard visa free travel between the UK and EU and safeguard the payment of pensions to most people living abroad.
Brussels says it has completed its preparations for a no-deal Brexit and warned that it is “increasingly likely” that the UK will crash out.
In a statement released on Monday the European Commission said “preparedness and contingency work”, which it has been conducting since December 2017, was now finished.
The announcement comes days after EU leaders agreed to a request by Theresa May to extend the UK’s Brexit date – though not by as long as she had asked for.
Also in the Independent….As midnight approaches on Friday 12 April, beware the Cinderella moments.
Imagine you are on an Easter holiday, driving along a French autoroute or Spanish autopista late in the Friday evening of what may now be “no-deal weekend”, 12-14 April. As the clock reaches midnight, your driving licence ceases to be valid in Europe. Should you be pulled over by the police, you had better be able to produce the right International Driving Permit (1968 version for France, 1949 version for Spain).
As Article 50 staggers to its slightly deferred appointment with destiny, many travel privileges would vanish (along with the hopes and dreams of millions of people) in what currently appears to be the default denouement.