Brexit news: What does Theresa May’s vote defeat mean for Britons travelling to the EU?

Brexit news: What does Theresa May’s vote defeat mean for Britons travelling to the EU?

What is the situation with Brexit? On Thursday, amendments by Labour and the Scottish National Party were voted down by members of the House of Commons. Yet of perhaps more concern was that MP’s rejected a motion in support of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. The Prime Minister’s main motion asked Parliament to support her in going back to the EU to seek renegotiations on the backstop but was ridiculed by MPs.

The backstop is, simply put, an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland if Britain and the EU cannot agree on a free trade deal in time.

Key Conservative Brexiteers abstained from the vote, saying the Government’s motion implied a no-deal Brexit would be ruled out.

This prompted leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, to call for the Conservative leader to bring forward a coherent plan.

Mrs May, meanwhile , was absent from the vote.

How will this affect flights?

Concerns of a no deal Brexit have, previously, sparked fears of passport validity for Britons planning to travel overseas.

The current uncertainty has opened up the prospect of a no deal Brexit – where the UK will leave the EU on March 29 with no guidelines on how to proceed.

Previously reported how a no deal Brexit could impact the validity of millions of passports, rendering them useless.

The impact of a no deal Brexit on UK passports means holidaymakers may need to have more than 15 months valid on their passport before they travel.

Last year, it issued information about the changing requirements for entry to Schengen states.

The advice said that you should have at least six months left on your passport before you travel, with millions of UK passports now under threat of becoming invalid.

It says: “If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.”

What have travel agent body ABTA said?

Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, the European Commission has insisted aeroplanes will continue to fly between the UK and EU.

If flights have been booked through companies protected by ABTA, they are fully protected under Package Travel Regulations.

This means passengers will be entitled to a full refund if their holiday can no longer go ahead.

Travel agents’ body ABTA has said: “There is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after 29 March.

“Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission and UK Government have said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.”

Will there be another Brexit vote?

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans were voted down on Thursday.

MPs voted by 303 to 258 – a majority of 45 – against a motion endorsing the Government’s negotiating strategy.

Mrs May has promised MPs a final vote on her Brexit deal with the EU when she has secured changes she believes will win MPs over, such as a finality on the Irish backstop.

There will be another Brexit for for Parliament on February 27.

Published at Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:01:00 +0000