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Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ABTA is seeking assurances from the Government that there will still be visa-free travel to Europe post-Brexit after Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that the UK will leave the European single market.

The travel association’s director of public affairs Alan Wardle said the Government must also make it possible for travel businesses to access and place the staff they need ‘to run effective businesses across the EU’.

He said: “The EU is the main market for UK travel companies and in its negotiations the Government must make it possible for travel businesses to continue to operate in the EU.

“People want to continue to easily holiday and conduct business meetings in the EU. Amongst other things this means access to the liberalised aviation market in Europe, ensuring the public can still have visa-free travel and ensuring that travel businesses can access and place the staff they need to run effective businesses across the EU.

“ABTA will continue to work proactively with the Government to raise awareness of the priorities for travel businesses, and UK travellers, as they negotiate a future trading relationship.”

PM May said today that it wasn’t possible for the UK to remain in the European single market. However, she said she would push for the ‘greatest possible’ access to the single market following Brexit.

May said her priorities included maintaining tariff-free trade with the EU, a customs agreement with the EU and new trade agreements with non-EU countries.

She said: “This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and the EU’s member states.

“It should give British companies the maximum possible freedom to trade with and operate within European markets and let European businesses do the same in Britain. But I want to be clear: what I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.”

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