British travellers relaxed ahead of Brexit vote

Monday, 25th April 2016
  •         Over half of Brits (53 per cent) have no concerns about a Brexit increasing flight costs
  •         68 per cent say an increase in flight costs wouldn’t encourage them to take staycations
  •         Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) aren’t concerned about their European Health Insurance Card being rendered invalid

Simple tasks like ordering food leave Brits tongue-tied Credit: Professional Images/@ProfImages

With the Brexit vote on the horizon, a recent survey commissioned by HolidayExtras.com has revealed that a Brexit wouldn’t deter holidaymakers from travelling. Regardless of a potential increase in flight costs, the majority of Brits would not be discouraged from going on holiday abroad, with 37 per cent stating they would travel to destinations within the EU whatever the costs, and a further 31 per cent claiming that if flight costs increased as a result of a Brexit they would choose to venture to other non-EU destinations.

When asked about the potential rise in plane ticket costs as a result of a vote to leave the EU, the survey revealed that 46 per cent of Brits don’t see why it would make a difference, with a further 4 per cent claiming they could afford any increase, and 3 per cent convinced that it will affect businesses more than consumers.

When questioned on other factors that might be affected by a British exit, 72 per cent of travellers explained that they would not be concerned if their European Health Insurance Card was deemed invalid – almost half of Brits (49 per cent) said they take out travel insurance anyway so it would make no difference to them, 4 per cent have never understood what the EHIC is for, and 19 per cent said they’ve never needed it anyway. It seems that changes to roaming charges aren’t a concern for Brits either, as almost half of travellers (47 per cent) are not concerned with the potential hike in costs.

Communications Director at Holiday Extras, Ant Clarke-Cowell explains “despite all the worrying headlines regarding the implications that a Brexit would have, it appears that British holidaymakers have no concerns about how it might impact their travel plans. Many seem to believe that it’s businesses that would pay the price if we left the EU, and our poll implies that Brits are prepared to holiday whatever the cost. Over half claimed they have no concerns that a Brexit could increase flight prices, and almost three quarters have no qualms about the prospect of their EHIC being rendered invalid.”

*Holiday Extras polled over 2,000 holidaymakers from across the UK in March 2016.

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