On March 29th, 2017, a lot of things are going to be put into action in the United Kingdom. Namely, ‘Article 50’ will be triggered by the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May of the Conservative Party.

On March 29th, 2017, a lot of things are going to be put into action in the United Kingdom. Namely, ‘Article 50’ will be triggered by the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May of the Conservative Party.

What is Article 50 then? Well, if you’re a member state of the European Union as the United Kingdom is, it means that the member state can withdraw from the European Union in accordance with the demands of the Constitution of the member state. Following a vote, last June, the populace of the United Kingdom voted slightly in favour of leaving the European Union and as such the British Government acted on this recommendation by the people of the United Kingdom and will be initiating their departure from the European Union on March 29th by activating Article 50. If the UK does leave, or doesn’t – there are some ongoing court cases – it could change a lot about Europe. Namely, travel – that is what we are here to talk about, right?

Right now – traveling in Europe is simple and if your trip is booked – you’ll likely have nothing to worry about. If you’re not from the European Union and wish to travel within the European Union, you’re going to need a valid passport that will stay valid for at least three months after you leave the EU destination of your choice. You could very well need a visa – especially so in the future – but check this with the information available for visiting your country of choice. There are various ways that visa’s work and while a visa for one country is the usual happenstance, there are various free travel zones around Europe – namely the ‘Schengen Zone’. Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Sweden, and Italy are just some of many countries that allow free travel with a visa. If your visa is from one of the Schengen zone countries, you can visit any Schengen zone. If you have the nationality of a Schengen zone country, you may as well have the nationality of every Schengen zone country! This is amazing for travel. If you are unsure of any of this sites like etias.com allow to check your eligibility for travel easily. It’s worth knowing before you are stuck at a border.

 

What could the British exit of the European Union change? Well, Brexit stands to change a lot, and while it might not mean the downfall of the European Union, it has heated up the ‘Eurosceptic’ debate, and Eurosceptic political parties have gained momentum across Europe. If these parties gain access to power, it could mean that more countries leave the European Union and police their borders far more strictly than currently. Germany, for example, could leave the Schengen zone – limiting travel. This is just a hypothetical example, but it could happen, and it is worth keeping in mind.

 

Nothing is set in stone just yet! However, if you are planning on European travel in the future, you would do well to keep yourself updated with anything that could affect your travel plans, as what is allowed now might not be the case in just under five years time.

 

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.

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Written by memoirsmusings (Char)

I don't know what to write here but I like travelling, Nando's and black hair dye. I am slowly compiling my memoirs...and a few musings along the way. ✈️

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