Many people are still reeling from the Brexit referendum, both in Britain and in other countries around the world.
Britain’s decision to leave the EU will directly impact the daily lives of all British people — but even if you don’t live there, you still stand to be affected. Whether you have a European holiday already on the books, or you’re just dreaming of travel plans in the future, it pays to read up a bit on Brexit before you go. That way, you won’t be caught off guard by some of the regulations that could potentially change in the future.
Let’s start by answering a few common questions about Brexit before we get into the details of how it might affect American travelers.
What is Brexit?
Brexit (which stands for British Exit) was a referendum held on June 23rd, 2016. The question was posed to the British people about whether they wanted to remain part of the European Union, or whether they should seek independence. The vote came down 52% in favor of leaving, with 48% voting to remain.
What is the EU?
It’s not a silly question! It was actually the second most popular search query in Britain following the Brexit results. The European Union (EU) was established in 1992, and is an economic and political union of 28 different European countries. The EU serves as a single free market, which allows the unfettered movement of people, goods, and services throughout all of its member countries.
What happens next?
Parliament will need to pass a motion through the House of Commons, codifying the results of the referendum into a law. Until that point, the results of the referendum are still officially just a recommendation.