Brexit White Paper points of interest

Last week ​UK Government​ published​ the long-awaited Brexit White paper

Below are some of notes of interest from our colleagues at Tourism Alliance that are of interest to the tourism industry.

It’s great to see that BETA’s lobbying efforts have resulted in a dedicated students and young people section (85 & 86) and that our suggestion of at UK-EU youth mobility scheme roll out is also included. This was a point highlighted in our evidence given at the Lords Brexit Committee Meeting in February.


  • The UK’s future economic partnership should therefore provide reciprocal arrangements, consistent with the ending of free movement, that …. allow citizens to travel freely, without a visa, for tourism and temporary business activity;
  • Tourism
    In the year ending September 2017, UK residents made approximately 50 million non-business related visits to the EU spending £24 billion, and EU residents made over 20 million non-business related visits to the UK spending £7.8 billion. The UK therefore proposes reciprocal visa-free travel arrangements to enable UK and EU citizens to continue to travel freely for tourism in the future, maintaining the close links between the people of the UK and the EU. The Government wants UK and EU nationals to continue to be able to use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare should they need it while on holiday
  • Students and young people
    The UK and the EU should continue to give young people and students the chance to benefit from each other’s world leading universities, including cultural exchanges such as Erasmus+. The UK proposes a UK-EU youth mobility scheme to ensure that young people can continue to enjoy the social, cultural and educational benefits of living in each other’s countries. The UK already operates a number of youth mobility schemes with other global partners, for example with Australia and Canada, on which this could be modelled.
  • Streamlined border arrangements and administrative procedures
    The UK already has existing arrangements with low-risk, non-EU countries that enable smooth access at the border, such as the Registered Traveller Scheme in place with a number of countries like the US and Japan. The UK wants to agree reciprocal arrangements with the EU that ensure smooth passage for UK nationals when they travel to the EU, for example on business or on holiday. The UK will strengthen the security of its borders, which should include exploring whether to apply the electronic travel authorities proposed for third country nationals to each other’s nationals, and ensuring travel documents meet minimum security standards. But at the border, as now, tourists and business visitors should not routinely have to face questions about the purpose of their visit. The UK also wants to minimize administrative burdens for those seeking permission to travel, enter or reside in each other’s territories, including short, simple and user-friendly application processes.
  • Aviation
    The UK will explore options for maintaining reciprocal liberalised access through an Air Transport Agreement. This would permit UK and EU carriers to operate air services to, from and within the territory of both the UK and the EU on an equal basis. This could be supported through an approach to ownership and control that avoids introducing additional barriers to businesses. There is precedent for this within the EU-Canada Air Services Agreement, which provides for the possibility of fully liberalised access subject to a sufficiently open bilateral approach to ownership and control.
  • Road Transport
    The UK wants to explore options for reciprocal access for road hauliers and passenger transport operators, and arrangements for private motoring. The UK is taking legislation through Parliament to ensure that a permitting system can operate if required.
  • Recognition of Qualifications
    The UK proposes establishing a system that is broad in scope, covering the same range of professions as the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Directive and includes those operating either on a permanent or temporary basis across borders.

Our Legal Hotline provider, TravLaw also added a note to highlight the following in respect of Employment Law:

Paragraph 123 proposes that there will be no amendments to things like TUPE, Working Time Regulations, collective consultation requirements and discrimination legislation when we leave the EU.

​A link to the document is here

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