Should I delay my London UK trip because of Brexit?
February 14, 2019 1:34 PM   Subscribe

I was thinking of spending a couple of weeks in London in May. I've been following the Brexit news in a superficial way but I don't have a good feel for what is likely to be the impact on travellers from North America. What's the worse case scenario? What's the likeliest scenario? What kind of disruptions would be reasonable to expect? I haven't booked my flight or AirBnb yet but will probably need to soon.
posted by storybored to Travel & Transportation around London, England (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Previously and previously, although those are about traveling during Brexit, not after Brexit.
posted by madcaptenor at 1:47 PM on February 14, 2019

You can get travel insurance that covers you for any cancellation, though it will probably be more expensive than the usual no frills plans. It would be worth calling a few companies and asking their specific rules and rates for a May UK trip.
If you are really concerned, wait to book until the first week in April and be flexible enough to change your destination.
posted by soelo at 2:09 PM on February 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

Definitely come. Bring bananas.
posted by parmanparman at 4:40 PM on February 14, 2019 [12 favorites]

Traditionally, Americans bearing chocolate and silk stockings are made very welcome in the UK in times of shortage...

Seriously, no-one knows what the impact is going to be. I mean, the absolute worst case is that by May we will have shortages of food, medicine, there will be rioting on the streets and we'll be under martial law. We'd be on the USA's "do not travel to this country" list. I don't think this is what's going to happen (I hope not), but there are no guarantees. The best case is that there will be some sort of extension to the leaving process and there will be no change to current situation. Anything between those two extremes is possible.

There are many other European cities that are lovely in May.
posted by Vortisaur at 1:09 AM on February 15, 2019 [7 favorites]

Head to Berlin or Paris instead.

Thing is, nobody knows what is going to happen, but the UK isn't the most pleasant place to be at the moment (and I speak as a foreigner residing in the UK). Get your London fix some other time. Things'll probably all be settled in 2064 or thereabouts.
posted by kariebookish at 5:27 AM on February 15, 2019 [3 favorites]

Honestly, I doubt anything terrible will happen. There's a lot of noise about how the govt is preparing for [insert panic here] but they'd get more grief if they weren't preparing for it.
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:09 AM on February 15, 2019

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