Brexit is playing havoc with holidaymakers’ plans, with the lack of a deal signed on the dotted line prompting a huge shift in British traveller’s vacation habits – with a fifth abandoning holiday plans altogether. Currently, the UK is in political chaos over the country’s separation with the European Union, which was originally scheduled for March 30. With the prospect of a no deal Brexit on April 12 – where the UK would leave the political bloc with no plans of how to proceed – still a possibility, Prime Minister Theresa May is today requesting a further extension to Article 50 from EU leaders. This would mean the UK could cut ties on June 30.
Amid the months of turmoil and uncertainty, holidaymakers have shouldered the stress.
A new survey by emerchantpay shows 19 per cent of Britons have altered their holiday plans as a result of ongoing uncertainty.
This includes a 12 per cent chunk who have delayed booking their holiday this year.
Another four per cent have booked a holiday in the UK instead of abroad because of Brexit uncertainty.
Meanwhile, a further three per cent have booked a holiday abroad but outside the EU, due to Brexit.
Wider implications of Brexit on travel, such as currency and pound to euro exchange rates, have also been a source of concern for travellers.
The statistics showed more than a third of holiday makers are worried about foreign exchange rates as the pound continues to drop in value.
Meanwhile, 24 per cent cite uncertainty around what their insurance policies will and will not cover depending on the final detail of Britain’s exit from the EU.
A fifth of holiday-makers (20 per cent) express concern about their own passport requirements and validity when travelling abroad.
It also found three per cent are concerned about future passport requirements when travelling with pets.
Express.co.uk previously reported how a no deal Brexit could result in huge logistical changes for pet passports, making the documents much trickier to obtain.
Jonas Reynisson, CEO of emerchantpay, said: “This research reveals some important insights for travel and holiday operators.
“Firstly, holiday booking patterns will be very different this year, with people delaying decisions until there is more clarity around Brexit and therefore more likely to be looking for last-minute deals.
“It also means that more people will be booking ‘staycations’ in the UK in order to avoid any potential travel chaos.
“Travel operators need to ensure they can be agile to respond to rapidly changing consumer needs and demands in order to exploit these different dynamics in the market.”
Express.co.uk previously reported how Britons were shunning traditional tourist resorts such as Benidrom, as the Brexit drama rolled on.