The United Kingdom will depart the European Union on 31st January 2020. Here is the Brexit calendar and the implications for vacationers.
31st January 2020: The United Kingdom leaves the European Union
The countdown to Brexit has began! As Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party gained a big victory within the early elections on 12th December, successful 365 out of 650 seats within the House of Commons, the British Prime Minister can now perform his promise of delivering Brexit on 31st January 2020.
In particular phrases, the United Kingdom ought to, subsequently, depart the European Union on 31st January, at 11 p.m. GMT, somewhat greater than three years after the June 2016 referendum. By then, the British Parliament must have voted on the Brexit settlement. The similar goes for the European Parliament. This time, the votes ought to solely be a formality.
31st December 2020: End of the transition interval
However, the date of January 31st, 2020 is not going to mark a sudden break. If the United Kingdom is not a member of the European Union by this date, a transition interval will probably be open till 31st December 2020.
In follow, the United Kingdom will not take part in European establishments, however it can nonetheless apply all the European rules, particularly with regard to the motion of individuals.
Therefore, as of 31st January 2020, there will probably be no adjustments for European vacationers, who will be capable of proceed to journey to the United Kingdom with their legitimate passport or identification card. For these travelling to Great Britain with their automotive, driving licenses issued by EU member states can even nonetheless be legitimate within the UK.
1st January 2021: Implementation of the brand new settlement
The transitional interval ought to permit negotiations to happen with a view of signing a brand new settlement which is able to outline the brand new relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom. This settlement should notably cowl the side of commerce but in addition the query of the motion of individuals. Therefore, European and British negotiators have 11 months to attract up the outlines of the brand new relationship.
If an settlement is reached by 31st December 2020, it can come into drive on 1st January 2021. If no settlement is reached, the UK will then depart the EU with out an settlement.
In each circumstances, vacationers and tourism professionals could be reassured: the official web site of the British authorities specifies that there will probably be no adjustments for European residents who want to go to the United Kingdom for a brief keep or for enterprise. “EU citizens will still be able to cross the UK border with a valid passport or identity card,” writes the British authorities. No visa will probably be imposed. On the opposite hand, adjustments are anticipated for European residents residing within the United Kingdom.
It stays to be seen whether or not or not the date of 31st December 2020 will probably be postponed. Given the work to be completed, and the truth that the brand new settlement must be ratified by the British parliament, the European parliament and all of the parliaments of the EU member states, the deadline appears notably quick. Especially since negotiations on commerce alone might require a number of years of talks.