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Tanzer: Extension welcome respite for travel firms

Tanzer: Extension welcome respite for travel firms

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer has welcomed the news.

 

“Unless a deal is agreed earlier, which would come with a standstill transition period, the UK will now not depart the EU before the end of October 2019," he said.

 

"This is good news, and it should give people total confidence to book their holidays or business travel plans, knowing that nothing will change in the short-term.

 

"It also gives travel businesses some respite from immediate no-deal planning, but with no-deal still possible in the autumn, uncertainty remains about the future.

 

"It is essential government and MPs use this additional time to find a solution, and one that avoids a no-deal exit.

 

"During this time, Abta will continue to provide advice and support to Members to help them with their Brexit preparations, lobby the government on the priorities for the travel industry and work to support consumer confidence.”

You simply couldn’t make it up, could you? Should the Brexit deadlock not be broken, the UK will now leave the EU without a deal on October 31 – yes, that’s Halloween.

 

There’s going to be all manner of harum scarum stuff in Westminster over the coming months – so here’s hoping Theresa May puts the decision back in the hands of the British people before she resorts to trick or treating for votes moments before the witching hour.

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