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20 Sep 2018

BY Rob Gill


Abta publishes ‘no-deal Brexit’ advice

Abta has published a new document to help members with their contingency plans in the event of a “no-deal Brexit” in March 2019.

Mark Tanzer 2018 shot

The association said the information covers topics such as transport (including flights), visas, posting workers abroad, financial protection and VAT arrangements.


Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The purpose of this information is to help members think about the implications that a no-deal Brexit might have on your business and to consider the steps you may wish to take to prepare.


“We do not make specific recommendations in the document, every business is different and you’ll need to assess the impact on your company and decide how to respond.”


The Abta documents are separated into four categories: your business, your commercial partners, your people and your customers.


Your business covers exchange rates, Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (Toms), disruption and delays at airports and ports, licensing, transferring personal data overseas and European trademarks.


While other sections tackle issues such as holding bonds or insurance policies with businesses based in the European Economic Area (EEA), employing staff in the EU, passport and visa information for customers and the European Health Insurance Card.


Tanzer said: “The publication of this information does not mean that Abta expects a no-deal exit to materialise.


“Abta continues to stress the importance of a pragmatic solution in our discussions with the UK government, EU negotiating team and EU member state representatives, and we will be raising this once again when we meet with officials in Brussels in the coming weeks.”


Abta said the document would be updated when new information “comes to light” and the government offers further guidance on the potential impact of having no Brexit deal by the time the UK leaves the EU on March 29, 2019.

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