Following the UK’s departure from the EU, Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has published new member guidance to explain the latest developments. Trade talks are set to start shortly and ahead of this, it 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, head of public affairs at ABTA said: “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.”