Brexit Travel, What Will Change? What We Know So Far!
The UK is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. Brexit has profound implications for travellers. This is the latest on what we know, what we think we know and what we still don’t know. The information on this page is subject to change without notice!
Yes. Eurostar now says: “We plan and expect to maintain services on the existing basis and timetable following Brexit.
“Eurostar has been working extensively with our station partners, governments and control authorities on both sides of the Channel to ensure that robust plans are in place to protect services and to manage customer flows effectivity.”
What about car-carrying operations on Eurotunnel?
Eurotunnel vehicle-carrying shuttles through the Channel Tunnel between Folkestone and Calais are governed by the 1986 Treaty of Canterbury rather than EU laws. “Whatever the outcome, Eurotunnel le Shuttle will be here to offer you the fastest and easiest way to cross the Channel,” the firm says.
Services around the clock and around the year will continue, subject to any local disruption at either end of the link. Eurotunnel adds: “In the unfortunate event of a build-up of traffic on the motorway which results in customers arriving late, we will as always endeavour to accommodate them on the next available shuttle* (though it adds ”payment of the difference in fare may apply”).
Will ferries be affected?
They already are: Brittany Ferries, which (alongside DFDS) has been contracted by the Department for Transport to lay on extra services on the western Channel in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and as a result some customers have had their bookings changed.
But for the wider picture, the trade body Discover Ferries says: “Passengers travelling via ferry to Europe should be able to continue to sail on their booked ferry services, as well as book new crossings to Europe for travel up to, during and beyond 29 March 2019, with confidence.
Ferries to and from Ireland will not be affected. Contingency planning is taking place for traffic congestion in Kent. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government says disruption to normal operations is “likely to be felt mostly on the short straits crossings into Dover and Folkestone”.