On Christmas Eve, the UK and EU formally agreed a post Brexit trade deal, but this is full of jargon, even its name the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, sounds far from simple, so we’ve created this explainer that will hopefully help outline all you need to know going into 2021.
Was the Isle of Man in the EU?
No the island was not a member, but along with Jersey and Guernsey, our status as self governing crowning dependencies, saw us entitled to some of the benefits. Essentially we had a free trade agreement with the EU and pretty much free movement of people.
What does the trade deal mean for us?
The most important point for businesses and customers is there will be no taxes on goods when they cross borders (known as tariffs) and no limits on the amount of things which can be traded (known as quotas). As Chief Minister HQ said: ‘This will protect our exports of agricultural and manufactured goods. It provides opportunities for our businesses, and gives certainty for the future.’
As well as protecting exports, the deal should prevent an increase in prices for imported goods.
What if I want to go to Disneyland Paris or Dublin?
Pandemic aside, you can. The thing to watch out for is that if you are travelling to the EU, you will need six months left on your passport. This is slightly different for visiting Ireland where your passport needs to be valid for the entire length of your stay in Ireland, but this can be within six months of it expiring. You’ll also be able to work in Ireland in the same way as before.
What will happen when I travel?
When you get to an EU country, you may need to show your return or onward ticket, prove you have enough money for your stay and will no longer use the EU lane. But, as a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
Can I take my car or bike?
Drivers with Isle of Man licences have always been required to carry an International Driving Permit when driving in the EU and this position remains the same, they cost £11, last for 12 months and are issued by the Post Office. You will need to carry a motor insurance Green Card to prove you are insured.
Can I take my dog?
Yes, but their passport isn’t valid anymore. Instead, you’ll need to ensure that you have an animal health certificate (AHC). You must have your dog microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.
Chief Minister HQ is due to make a statement on the Brexit deal to Tynwald on Wednesday December 30 ahead of a press briefing later that day which will be streamed live on Gef’s Facebook page.