Trade body CEO: Britons Face Holiday Red Tape Without Brexit Deal


On Friday, the head of the insurance trade body of Britain said that Britons who are going on a holiday in the European Union in 2019 would be required to pay more for travel insurance and obtain documentation so that they can take their cars to the continent in the absence of a strong Brexit transition deal.

On Friday, a senior Brussels diplomat said that the United Kingdom and the European Union could agree on a “provisional” deal this coming week regarding a post-Brexit transition period,  emphasising that this will only occur if the bloc and London will be able to resolve all the divorce matters first.

The bloc says that it would give Britain a status-quo adaptation phase only if both sides clear up all the disagreements that are related to the withdrawal of Britain.

The director general of the Association of British Insurers, Huw Evans, informed Reuters: “There are issues here that affect millions of insurance customers that … need some significant progress next week.”

Evans said that the cost of travel insurance policies would increase if Britons will no longer be eligible for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) after March 2019, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The EHIC card provides holders access to emergency healthcare in Switzerland or any in European Economic Area country on the same basis as the local residents.

If the United Kingdom does not maintain the current rights during a transition deal, Britons who will be taking motoring trips to Europe will be required to apply to their insurers for a “green card,” an international certificate to prove that their cars are insured adequately.

Commercial vehicles will also be required to be covered by a green card.

Evans said that applying for the card “would involve huge amounts of hassle.”