At yesterday's EU summit in Brussels, EU countries agreed to a six-month extension to Brexit. The new deadline of the 31 October 2019 averts the prospect of the UK having to leave without a deal. Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address parliament today.
The terms of the agreement are as follows:
- The Brexit postponement is flexible. This means that the UK has until 31 October to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and according to The Times would not be able to trigger a no-deal Brexit before then.
- The United Kingdom must hold the elections to the European Parliament. If this does not happen, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 1 June.
Paul Maine, Group Chief Executive Officer of Tour Partner Group, says: "We believe this news gives further confidence that travel arrangements over the Summer 2019 period to the United Kingdom will be unaffected and will be a positive boost to UK inbound demand."
The recent Brexit developments have no impact on the information regarding the entry requirements to the United Kingdom in the case of a no-deal scenario.
- Travelers will be able to enter the UK without a visa if they are a citizen of any other EU or EEA country, or Switzerland.
- Since the United Kingdom (along with the Republic of Ireland) never joined the Schengen Agreement, EU nationals have been required to present a valid passport or an ID card for entry. The same applies for citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
- This requirement will continue until at least the end of 2020 - even in the case of a "hard brexit", i.e. without a transitional agreement.
It is however recommended that visitors who are citizens of current EU Member States and who have a valid biometric passport use the e-gates to make entry quick and easy.
From 1 January 2021 new entry requirements will come into effect in the United Kingdom, where personal ID cards will no longer be accepted in place of passports. Further information will be announced in due course.
Irrespective of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, both the British Government and the European Union have offered assurances that flights between EU countries and the United Kingdom will continue as normal.
Hotels & More will continue to provide further updates as matters develop.