There is continued uncertainty over Brexit and at Revealed Travel we are watching developments in the House of Commons with great interest. The current date for leaving has now been set as 31 October 2019. If the transition agreement is approved by MPs shortly, Britain may leave the European Union much earlier. Indeed, if the Government secures approval by 22 May 2019 the European elections scheduled for the following day may be cancelled. In the event that there is no deal, there will be no transition agreement and Britain will drop out of the EU on 31 October 2019, unless, of course, Britain asks the 27 nations of the European Union to approve a further extension.
In the meantime, contingency planning in case of No Deal must continue.
On 21 March 2019, the House of Commons Library published a Research Briefing on Contingency Planning in the event of No Deal. Link: https://bit.ly/2TwUV21
In their press release of 25 March 2019, the European Commission confirmed that measures are in place to ensure basic air connectivity and safety to avoid the full interruption of air traffic between the EU and the UK in the event of a “No Deal” scenario. That said, passengers should expect some disruption and delays at borders.
The Department of Transport has also updated information about air services in the event of No Deal:
Since the 2016 referendum the pound has dropped against the US dollar, upon which most of our costs in Latin America and South-East Asia are based. The upshot has been more expensive holidays and perhaps a fewer passengers travelling long-haul. If a transition agreement is approved, there is likely to be a bounce in the stock market and the pound is likely to strengthen. In the event of No Deal, we can expect a fall in sterling.
Latin America in particular has always been a challenging region in which to specialise and at Revealed Travel we take uncertainty in our stride. In recent years the banking crisis, the ash cloud from the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, the Arab Spring and the Zika virus have all had an impact on travel. In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 atrocities there was a global downturn in travel. The travel industry in Sri Lanka is bound to be affected by the Easter atrocities.
Against the absence of clarity over Brexit and with pressure on exchange rates, not to mention drones at airports or the grounding of aircraft, Revealed Travel will continue to promote travel to some of the world’s most exciting destinations, including South-East Asia, Latin America and Antarctica.
We may not be able to take on new staff and expand quite as fast as we had hoped in 2019 but with all the continued uncertainty right now our readers could probably do with a really good holiday.
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Updated, 23 April 2019