Britain leaving the European Union
FOR ALL BRIDES ASKING ABOUT HOW THE EU DEPARTURE WILL AFFECT THEM AND THEIR WEDDING IN CYPRUS.
THESE ARE THE ONLY CHANGES THAT MAY TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
INFORMATION ON BREXIT: DATED 24TH JUNE 2016
David Cameron has said he plans to let his successor activate Article 50, which is the point when the clock starts on the negotiations for a Brexit.
Once an application has been made, it has to be completed within two years. That period can be extended but only if all 28 EU countries agree.
Your Questions Answered
Will I need a new passport?
You will have noticed that the top line on the front of the UK passport says "European Union".
Because the UK will remain a member of the EU for as long as it takes to negotiate the exit deal, such passports will be valid over that period - so there is no need to worry if you are travelling this summer, for example.
After the UK leaves, there will presumably be new British passports that will no longer say "European Union" on them.
While we can't say this for sure, it seems likely that the new design would just be phased in as existing passports expire.
Will my Ehic card still work?
The European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) entitles travellers to state-provided emergency medical treatment within the EU country they are visiting.
It works in any EU country as well as Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
It will continue to work for as long as the UK is in the EU - so for at least as long as Article 50 negotiations take.
After that, it is possible that the UK will have negotiated a deal to retain preferential access to the single market, as the EEA countries have, which would mean the continued use of Ehic.
Alternatively, the UK already has reciprocal deals with a number of countries, including Australia and New Zealand, under which visitors can receive free urgent treatment. It could agree similar deals with EU countries.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?
Again, while the UK remains part of the EU you will still be able to travel freely in the EU.
It is possible that the UK will accept the continuation of free movement in order to retain preferential access to the single market, in which case you will continue to be able to travel freely in the EU.
If not, while there may be limitations on British nationals' ability to live and work in EU countries, it seems unlikely that those countries would want to deter tourists.
There are many countries outside the EEA that British citizens can visit for up to 90 days without needing a visa and it is possible that such arrangements could be negotiated with European countries.
What about my EU driving licence?
Your driving licence features an EU flag in the top left corner with "UK" in the middle of it.
The information on it is the same as those used by drivers everywhere in the EU.
As with passports, the licence will remain valid while negotiations take place because the UK will still be part of the EU.
What happens after that will depend on the results of those negotiations, but one possible outcome is that a new design will be phased in as old documents expire.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call Jenny at our UK office on 07400 380 414.