Potential impact to travel services-
When Britain leaves the EU the existing agreements and permissions around aviation would need to be reviewed or re-negotiated.
The ITM believe that all business travel, particularly flights, must be as free and open as possible around Europe. There are concerns that “sector restrictions”, or other measures, could limit the ability of UK corporates employees to travel freely on business.
It is possible that when an agreement is reached the current permissions will continue into the Brexit transition period for further discussion.
If no agreement is reached (no deal) then the following could come into effect.
UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate services between the UK and EU.
In this scenario the UK would envisage granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate. It would not be in the interest of any EU country (or UK) to restrict operators or destinations. If such permissions are not granted there could be disruption to flights.
Foreign airline operations to/from the UK will have to be re-permissioned as these are currently covered by existing EU agreements.
The following aspects should not be impacted:
• Aviation safety and aviation security where existing regulations and procedures will be retained under the EU Withdrawal Act.
• Slot allocations at UK airports would remain unchanged.
• Existing EU passenger rights would continue for UK departures as that legislation will be retained under the EU Withdrawal Act.
The ability to travel freely to / from the EU (Schengen countries) may change:
If an agreement is reached the current permissions will continue into the Brexit transition period for further discussion.
If no agreement is reached (no deal) then the following could come into effect (taken from the UK Government technical notices).
UK passport holders will be considered a third country national and so will need a visa as well as having to comply with the Schengen Border Code. This code, carries the following restrictions:
UK passport must have been issued within the last 10 years.
UK passport must have 6 months validity remaining on the day of arrival.
UK passport holders may require “work permits” or similar for stays in the EU over say 3 months.
What all drivers from the UK may need to do to drive in the EU and EEA when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 -
[Jan 2019 – Geoff Allwright]