Thursday, 22 December 2016 06:44

BREXIT VOTE PUSHING UP COST OF FAMILY HOLIDAY – BEFORE UK EVEN LEAVES

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Scottish families taking a Christmas break to the continent will have seen a sharp rise in costs due to Brexit – before potential additional costs kick in after the UK leaves the EU.

The value of the pound has plummeted since the EU referendum, pushing up costs for those travelling abroad.
The impact could be worse in future – with a hard Brexit potentially seeing UK citizens faced with travel visas, roaming charges and costs for medical treatment.

Price comparison website TravelSupermarket estimated in July that £245 had been added to the price of a family holiday, with the value of the pound falling sharply since then.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“The Tories appear determined to pursue a hard Brexit, despite promises by Ruth Davidson and her party to fight for our continued single market membership.

“This hard-right Tory Brexit will have a real impact on our everyday lives – from the price of food in the supermarket to the cost of a family holiday – and the collapse in the value of the pound should send a clear message to Theresa May that her ‘Brexit means Brexit’ rhetoric is convincing nobody.

“Scottish families who’ve felt the pinch over Christmas will be looking to Theresa May for a Brexit plan that protects jobs and household incomes – not more meaningless soundbites.”