In 2016 a lot of political commentators and pundits were shocked by the decision of the UK to leave the European Union. Though the results of the referendum were pretty tight – 52% to 48%, the wheels have been turning to make the whole process a success for both the UK and the EU. While the actual amount of success that the UK can see is up for debate, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider before visiting once the split takes place next March.
Getting into the Country.
One of the biggest sticking points of the people in the lead up to the Brexit referendum was concerned with immigration and how many people are coming into the UK both legally and illegally.
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With the result of the vote it is clear the UK government has to address a problem that the public sees with the levels of immigration into the UK.
In simple terms it means that it is likely to become more difficult for people to get into the country. From a tourism perspective, people travelling from the EU are unlikely to make it through customs at British airports with the level of ease that they currently enjoy just now. Expect to come against a more stringent process once your flight lands.
For people who are wanting to travel to the UK and work, they won’t find the process as straightforward. Migrants from the EU will be subject to a more difficult set of immigration rules. This is something to research thoroughly before you take the final decision.
The Money Question.
There’ no doubting that Europeans who had UK holidays booked at the time just after the referendum took place were rubbing their hand with glee when they saw the result come in. Thanks to the drop in the value of the pound of the back of the ‘leave’ result, their money for their holidays was set to go a lot further than they had originally anticipated.
While the intervening months have allowed the Sterling currency to stabilise somewhat, but it’s still worth bearing in mind what might be ahead if you have plans to stay in the UK long term in the time after Brexit. Any savings that you do have will go further than they would back home. This is a big positive, but the new barriers to entry might cause problems.
The Current State.
The Brexit process has thrown the British government into various forms of turmoil. The vote was very close, and there doesn’t appear to be a clear consensus on whether the public want to cut all EU ties, retain some benefits, or call the whole thing off altogether. If the current sentiment of UK businesses is anything to go by, it’s looking like the country is leaning towards remain. This might push through the so-called concept of a ‘soft-Brexit’; good news for EU travellers.
The best thing you can do is keep an eye on the news and educate yourself on what the landscape will be like before you take a decision to go to the UK long-term.