What does leaving the EU mean for travellers ?

‘No immediate changes’ to travel regulations after EU vote, says Abta

No immediate change in European regulations is expected in the face of the UK vote to exit the European Union, according to Abta.

The association said: “It cannot be doubted that we are now moving into a period of uncertainty, although in regulatory terms we will not see any immediate changes.

“Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining member states will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship.

“This period can also be extended if all parties agree. Until this process is resolved, everything will remain as it is now.”

Abta added that its role was to help keep members informed, to help consumers remain confident in travelling, “and to help government to understand and prioritise those matters that are important to our members and our industry”.

“Abta will be working proactively with government to raise awareness of the priorities for travel businesses, and UK travellers, as they negotiate a future trading relationship,” Abta said.

“We started this process some months ago, with a programme of engagement with ‘leave’ campaigners in Westminster, and we have prepared a detailed list of policy and regulatory priorities that we will be discussing with leading policymakers in the coming weeks.

“It will also be important to ensure that the industry’s domestic agenda is not neglected, and Abta will continue to press for action on airport capacity, Atol reform, which remains relevant whatever the future of the Package Travel Directive, and Air Passenger Duty.”

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