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Boris Johnson debates Brexit in Parliament


Trade fears a further Brexit delay would hit peaks sales


Juliet Dennis and Benjamin Coren


A parliamentary showdown between MPs and the prime minister has heightened fears of a Brexit during the peak January booking period, which would be hugely “problematic” for the trade. As Travel Weekly went to press,


it was destroyed this year. A lot of people will just wait longer to book.” Advantage head of business


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development David Moon agreed: “If it is delayed until January, that would be the peak booking period and the uncertainty going on around this is the issue.


Hopefully we’ll get a resolution by October 31, but if it falls in


a number of MPs against a no-deal were granted an emergency debate on a bill which could force Brexit to be postponed until January 31. MPs were due to vote on Tuesday evening. Sunvil chairman Noel Josephides


said: “If it is January, this is really problematic. It is all about timing. Te industry needs a [booking] patern;


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January that’s going to hit consumer confidence.” He added: “Te situation is


changing constantly and that is the problem; this uncertainty will affect consumers.” Giles Hawke, chief executive of


Cosmos and Avalon Waterways UK, said it was impossible to plan ahead. He said: “It is really challenging to


I’m worried about the impact of Brexit and for the future of staff and our customers’ propensity to travel


prepare for something none of us have had to deal with before. “It is a case of making sure staff are


aware they are valued, keeping abreast of the situation and adapting, and if you have EU nationals as staff, doing what we can to make sure they can continue to work for you.” He added: “We are looking


at how we can put more focus on promoting our non-EU destinations, but personally and professionally I’m


worried about the impact of Brexit and for the future of staff and our customers’ propensity to travel.” Josephides blamed national press


coverage for negatively impacting consumer perceptions, particularly on currency. He said: “Te pound is worth


about €1.10 – about the same as when we costed our programme last year. Tere has been a lot of scaremongering about the pound plummeting.” But he conceded: “It’s difficult to know when to hedge your currency; if you do it now and then find there is another referendum or we stay in the EU, you may find yourself stuck.” Consortia advised agents to look at


Abta’s advice on Brexit online, which remained unchanged on Tuesday.


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