End of the road for coach trips? Bus tours to the Continent could be hit by no-deal Brexit, Government warns
- If no-deal the current ‘Community Licence’ would no longer be valid
- The UK could apply to join a separate agreement known as Interbus
- Would allow ‘occasional’ services to EU countries on March 29, 2019
Bus and coach trips to Europe could be severely curtailed if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the Government warned yesterday.
The current ‘Community Licence’ that operators rely on for journeys to the Continent and for bus tours would no longer be valid.
The UK could apply to join a separate agreement, Interbus, which would allow ‘occasional’ services to EU countries on March 29 next year.
A campaign bus parked outside the Save Brexit Rally organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on Saturday
British and European airlines would also lose the automatic right to fly to each other’s countries, according to latest no-deal Brexit documents.
And haulage chiefs warned lorries might not be able to enter the EU through Dover, Britain’s biggest port – meaning perishable goods could rot in tailbacks.
Pet owners would also face a four-month wait if they want to take their animals to the EU, the papers warn.
The worst-case scenarios are set out in the latest batch of Government guidance about planning for leaving the EU without a deal in place on March 29 next year.
But the warnings will be dismissed by Brexiteers, who suspect Whitehall of ratcheting up Project Fear.
Details of the consequences of a breakdown in talks were set out in 24 documents published yesterday.