Major ‘unresolved issues’ for businesses post-Brexit

There are still “significant unresolved issues” for travel businesses which the government has to address before Britain leaves the EU on March 29, according to Abta.

Representatives from the association attended a meeting at the Foreign Office on Friday along with a delegation of leading industry figures to lobby the government over preparations for Brexit.

Topics discussed covered UK nationals living in/travelling to the EU; top risks for the industry and customers; and an update on public information campaigns the FCO is co-ordinating, specifically campaigns around UK travellers to the EU and UK nationals living in the EU.

Those in attendance included Abta’s director of destinations and sustainability Nikki White and director of brand and business development Victoria Bacon, Specialist Leisure Group chief executive Richard Calvert and Hotelplan chief executive Paul Carter.

A spokeswoman for Abta said: “It is really important that the Government works closely with the travel industry in order to fully understand the challenges we face.

“While many of the important issues affecting travellers have been clarified, there are still significant unresolved issues for businesses, like posting staff abroad, which need to be urgently addressed. We are strongly making these points in all of our conversations with government and will continue to do so at every opportunity.”

She added that the meeting was one of “many meetings and ongoing engagement” Abta is having with the government about preparations for Brexit and the travel industry’s priorities.

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