ABTA issues new Member guidance on Brexit
Following the UK’s departure from the EU, ABTA – The Travel Association has published new Member guidance to explain the latest developments. Trade talks are set to start shortly and ahead of this ABTA is also stepping up its activity to highlight the industry’s priorities to the UK Government and EU Member States.
The priorities for the industry include a comprehensive air service agreement to protect flights, replacing the mobility benefits of the EU Posted Workers Directive, and retaining reciprocal healthcare. The UK also needs to open discussions with third countries, including Switzerland, around access for occasional coach services.
ABTA remains actively engaged with the UK Government and EU, and recently held important outreach events in Brussels to maintain and extend direct contact with Member States.
Luke Petherbridge, ABTA’s Head of Public Affairs, says: “The UK has now entered a period of transition until at least the end of December 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate a future relationship. During this time nothing will change for travellers or travel businesses.
“The risk of no-deal may have subsided for now, but there is much work to be done to help shape the UK’s future relationship with the EU to protect our industry and ensure the public can continue to holiday and travel with the same rights and freedoms as they have today. Throughout the process ABTA has provided advice and guidance to customers and Members on Brexit and will continue to do so.”
The latest Brexit advice for Members is available in the Member Zone, whilst Brexit advice for customers can be found publicly at abta.com/Brexit.
Should ABTA Members have specific queries relating to Brexit they can contact the Member Support team on 020 3117 0597 or the Public Affairs team firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, ABTA will be addressing the vital topic of employment after Brexit at an event in London on 24 February, entitled Brexit - The Immigration and Skills Challenge.
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