The Brexit negotiations have left many Brits scratching their heads about what it will mean for travel and our beloved holidays.
You could read all 104 pages of Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper, but most people don’t have the time nor inclination to do that.
So it can help to hear from someone who has, and begin to understand the big questions that matter most to holidaymakers.
Professor Steve Peers, a Remainer and expert in EU law and relations from the University of Essex, said there will be some change ahead.
Will we be stuck in long non-EU queues? (Picture: Getty)
Will we have to queue in a different lane at the airport?
Professor Peers said the government will find it hard to negotiate a way out of dreaded long queues while being committed to leaving the freedom of movement.
He said: ‘The White Paper says that it wants to avoid slow lanes at borders.
‘This might be hard to agree as the EU borders law only has a fast track for countries which have free movement of people with the EU.’
The White Paper is considering a UK ESTA (Picture: Getty)
Will we have to fill out a form before we go on holiday to Paris or pay for an ESTA?
Professor Peers said we may avoid paying a visa fee, but the White Paper suggests we could end up applying for an ESTA.
He said: ‘The White Paper says that it wants to avoid tourist visa requirements.
‘That should be doable because EU policy is to waive short term visa requirements for wealthy or neighbouring States as long as they reciprocate.
‘But the White Paper considers a UK ESTA and as things stand UK citizens would be subject to the EU ESTA like any other non-EU visa waiver countries which don’t have free movement of people with the EU.’
Queues at Dover will all come down to our customs arrangements (Picture: PA)
What will it mean for Brits who work abroad?
Professor Peers said British workers should be protected if they move before Brexit day on March 29, 2019, but there will be more red tape after it.
He said: ‘UK citizens in the EU27 before Brexit Day have acquired rights which the withdrawal agreement would protect.
‘After Brexit Day UK citizens moving to Ireland will still have free movement.
‘Otherwise the White Paper aims to agree simplified rules for those doing work temporarily. Long term workers would be subject to minor facilitation of the application process.’
Here’s hoping that the queues get shorter (Picture: Getty)
Do you expect queues at Calais and other ports to get longer?
With the government split over the customs arrangement, the answer to this question appears to be the most difficult to predict, Professor Peers said.
‘It will depend on the customs arrangements which are the most difficult issue at the moment,’ he said.
Metro.co.uk has approached the Department for Exiting the European Union for comment.