Brexit news: What does Theresa May’s latest Brexit vote defeat mean for travel?


What is the Brexit situation? MPs overwhelmingly rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal in a second “meaningful vote” on Tuesday night, with 391 against the Withdrawal Agreement and 242 in support, giving a majority of 149. This means terms of a Brexit deal for the UK’s exit from the EU, which is scheduled for March 29, 2019, have still not yet been set. The Prime Minister said she had “profound regret” over the decision made by the House.

What is the Brexit situation regarding travel now?

The stations for Britons looking to travel in a post Brexit climate remains unclear, with the potential for a no deal Brexit still possible, as well as a second referendum on Brexit, favoured by the Labour party.

Meanwhile an extension to Article 50 – where the entirety of the Brexit process would be delayed – also remains.

After the result was made, Mrs May declared the Commons would today vote on a motion to to leave the EU without a deal.

She declared would be a free vote, without a political party whip.

How has the potential of a no deal scenario impacted travel?

On Sunday, the UK Passport office’s official site crashed at the weekend as worried travellers sought to make sure their document was fit for travel.

Last month, reported how millions could potentially be rendered invalid in light of a no deal Brexit.

Consumer watchdog Which? sparked the flurry of applications on the website after a message about the scenario this weekend.

They warned that those with less than 15 months left on their passports could be at risk if they plan to travel after March 29 in a no deal Brexit scenario.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “After months of patchy and confusing information about passports from the Government, this late rush in the weeks before Brexit was entirely foreseeable – which makes it even more shocking that people have been let down by an IT glitch.”

How has the potential of a no deal impacted the exchange rate for Britons looking to travel abroad?

The threat of a no deal has previously caused the pound to euro exchange rate to plummet.

In February, sterling reached a two year high, prompting much excitement among ravellers looking for a good deal for their Euros.

Yet any optimism has wavered as the value slid.

Earlier this week Laura Parsons, currency analyst at TorFX, spoke to regarding the latest exchange rate figures.

“Brexit has been dominating headlines for months, but this week is likely to hold more drama than most,” Parsons said.

“A rejection of the deal would trigger a vote on a no-deal Brexit. While the removal of the prospect of a no-deal Brexit could support GBP, an extension of the current uncertainty has the potential to undermine any gains.”


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