How The Vote To Leave The EU Will Affect Your Holiday


The Law Of… understanding how brexit affects holiday claims

Regardless of how you chose to vote in the Referendum, the results are in. By a small margin, the British public have decided to leave the EU.

It'll be sometime before we start to see the bigger picture of how this will affect us all, but the immediate impact has seen David Cameron resign and the global economic markets, including the value of the pound, fluctuate wildly in the wake of the news.

How will brexit affect holidays abroad?

While there is a lot to think about following the decision to leave the EU and the task of Cameron's successor to begin Article 50, you might be wondering how this will affect your holidays abroad.

Can I Still Travel In Europe?

One of the big misconceptions about the Brexit is that we're leaving Europe. We are still part of Europe and the referendum was held to decide whether we should remain as part of the European Union (EU) or leave.

With the vote in favour of leaving it will take a while for our exit strategy to go into full effect (theoretically two years), and while our border policies may change and our freedom of movement throughout Europe may be different, in the intervening time things will stay the same.

This means that if you didn't require a visa or any additional documents to enter an EU country before the referendum, you still won't need them now.

Are Euros Going To Cost More?

It's difficult at this time to say for certain what will happen to the strength of the pound against foreign currencies. At present, the pound has dipped considerably compared to the favourable rates available before the referendum and some financial experts are claiming that this will get worse before it improves.

Ultimately we're currently entering into a financial and political unknown, with no real historical precedent in place that matches the circumstances of our Brexit. Only time will tell whether or not the pound will return to full strength or whether travelling abroad will remain as financially feasible as it has been in recent years, but there is an option that can save you from worry.

Should I Choose To Book A Package Holiday?

The advantage of an all-inclusive package holiday is that to an extent you don't have to worry about taking much foreign currency with you.

In most circumstances everything on a package holiday is paid for in the UK, including your flights, accommodation, food and drink, meaning that there shouldn't be a need for you to spend any more money (although keep in mind that some hotels do charge for certain extras). Because of this the package holiday should become a far more appealing option for those who want to travel without having to worry about the strength of the pound against the Euro and other currencies.

Package holidays also provide you with a range of rights that make it beneficial to holidaymakers who worry about what to do if something goes wrong.

Will my rights be affected?

The effects of our exit from the EU won't become noticeable for some time, but regardless of the changes ahead, it's likely that many of the laws that protect us abroad will remain in place.

  • The Package Travel Regulations 1992 is one the most important rights afforded to British holidaymakers, as it ensures that your tour operator provides you with a holiday that matches what was advertised to you at the time of booking. This includes ensuring that they don't send you to a hotel or resort that will cause you to come to harm, whether through a personal injury or illness.

    This regulation is part of UK legislation and is unlikely to change in the future, so if anything was to go wrong you should still be able to claim compensation.

  • The Montreal Convention, also known as the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, covers your rights in the event of a personal injury during air travel is inclusive of a large number of countries outside of the EU.

    After the Brexit, your rights should remain the same, so if you suffer an injury you should still be able to claim compensation as you would have done before.

  • One right which may change is The European Commission Regulation 261/2004. This regulation which has been in effect since 2005 provides you with a range of entitlements in the event that your flight is delayed or cancelled, which can include financial compensation as well as accommodation and meals if necessary.

    This regulation requires you to have departed from or be travelling to an EU member state on an airline based in the EU.

    While this might mean that British tourists travelling outside of Europe may no longer be covered, those travelling to EU member states may still be entitled to the provisions provided by this regulation.

What Does This All Mean?

We're likely to see a lot of fluctuation going forwards as interest and currency rates waiver, but ultimately we're a resilient nation and will make the most out of the outcome of the referendum, focussing on exploiting as many of the positives as possible.

As a country fond of holidaying abroad, there may be minor changes to the way that we have travelled in the last couple of decades, but for those looking to play it safe and still be covered in the event that something goes wrong abroad; package holidays are more appealing than ever, especially as you'll still be covered if you contract a foreign illness or are injured by an accident abroad.

Find Out More About Claiming

If you want to find out more about claiming for a personal injury or illness abroad, then get in touch with a member of our dedicated travel law team who can provide you with a free no-obligation consultation, during which we can advise you of how much compensation your claim could be worth.

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