“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”Parting is such a sweet sorrow.
But with Big Ben scheduled to hit at 11 p.m. again, The decision by Britain to leave the European Union tomorrow is gradually becoming a reality. There is no longer the safety net of the 11-month transition period; we will be on our own.
Michael Gove, the Minister of the Cabinet Office, talked over the weekend about how Brexit would bring some “bumpy moments,” which the SNP called the understatement of the year. The CBI warned earlier this month of a “tidal wave” of border bureaucracy that would strike British companies on Jan. 1.
But what functional improvements are there going to be, actually?
Although the EU trade agreement means that there will be no tariffs or restrictions, there will be certain U.K. rules and regulations. Until now, businesses have followed immediately will fall apart, as the U.K. The Single Market or Customs Union would no longer be there.
This ensures that customs declarations would have to be filed by businesses importing and exporting goods, much as they have done with countries outside the EU in the past. Certain items, such as certain foodstuffs and live animals, will require special licenses.
Northern Ireland is an exception: it will have to abide by many of the laws of the European Union in order to establish a smooth border with the Republic. That means, however, that there will be some inspections, such as on food from mainland Britain entering Northern Ireland, to ensure that it meets EU requirements.
The end of free movement will be one of the most dramatic changes; Britain will take back control of its borders and create its own points-based immigration scheme.
People who wish to travel to work, study or live in Britain will have to apply for a visa and pay for it.
Some rights may remain under the withdrawal agreement for those Britons residing in an EU country, but they will have to comply with conditions in some Member States, such as getting a secure job and applying for a residence permit.
They have been warned against individuals.
* Remain on their passport for at least six months, except for travel to Ireland, which forms part of the Popular Travel Area;
* Have comprehensive travel insurance, especially if they have a pre-existing condition, as the European Health Insurance Card, which has provided around 27 million Britons with free government health coverage on the continent, is being phased out and replaced by the British government’s as-yet-unspecified global health insurance card;
Consider roaming costs for mobile phones, when the promise of free roaming ends, while the four major U.K. It has been made clear to operators that they have no intention to reintroduce charges;
*Take a driver’s license, logbook and legitimate insurance papers if you plan to drive; contact an insurer six weeks before travel to receive a green card proving coverage.
*Obtain a veterinary health certificate 10 days before flight, as the new EU pet passport law no longer applies.
Online shoppers buying goods from the EU worth more than £ 390 would have to pay customs fees, among other adjustments. Some goods could also incur costs for handling and VAT. This implies that at post offices, parcels will be kept up until these fees and charges are charged.
British people will now have to use different EU, EEA and Swiss corridors for border controls and will be able to fly to their destination in Europe without a visa, even though there is a 90-day limit. There will still be duty-free goods available, but regulations are now in place.
The end of membership in the EU’s Erasmus student exchange program is a politically divisive move, with the British government promising to launch a “better” program named after wartime codebreaker Alan Turing that will concentrate not just on Europe, but on the planet.
On the basis of its unjustifiably high expense, Gove justified the withdrawal from Erasmus, adding, “The hundreds of millions of pounds it would have cost us extra is better spent ensuring that disadvantaged children from less privileged backgrounds, who were often those who did not benefit from programs such as Erasmus, received a disadvantage.”