Can you remember when the results of the referendum were announced back in June 2016 and it seemed like ages until we’d actually leave the European Union? Well now it’s less than 3 months away and we’re still arguing over a soft Brexit, hard Brexit or no Brexit at all.
But say we do end up leaving the EU on 29th March 2019, how could this impact the modelling industry?
1. Working Abroad
How easy will it be to work abroad if Brexit goes ahead? Well, even with a softer Brexit, it will mean a huge rethink of the EU Membership rules we abide by now, and it looks as though the government is set to introduce restrictions on freedom of work and movement.
In return presumably British citizens will face similar restrictions, or at least some obstacles when we we want to work in the EU.
2. Passports and Visa Waivers
The European commission confirmed that UK citizens would have to pay €7 for a travel permit, as part of the European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme.
If you have a shoot abroad you’ll have to register your details and pay the fee in advance of travel (at least 72 hours prior to departure is advised), to obtain Etias authorisation, which is valid for three years.
For travel after 29 March, the government is recommending that UK travellers have at least six months left on their passports from the date of arrival in an EU country.
Thankfully even in a no-deal scenario, the European commission has said that UK airlines would still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU.
The only thing that could change is the cost of flights, with the pound still yet to return to its pre-Brexit rates against the Euro.
Speaking of the pound, sadly it’s at the mercy of Brexit and, with the UK facing even more uncertainty following Theresa May narrowly escaping a no confidence vote, there will be even more volatility for GBP, experts have warned.
We advise models travelling abroad on jobs to keep an eye on the exchange rate.
According to Richard Lim, chief executive of analyst Retail Economics, the price of a pair of jeans will, in all likeliness, go up after Brexit.
But the fashion issue extends beyond spending more on clothes that models could be required to bring in for a shoot. The £28 billion sector relies on international trade and thrives on a global pool of talent, but Brexit restrictions could mean far less shoots with UK based brands.
6. Mobile Roaming
When EU roaming charges were dropped in June 2017 we were shouting from the rooftops. However Brexit might put a spanner in the works as now these charges are dependent on a future UK-EU deal, which is yet to be negotiated.
If Brexit goes ahead on 29 March 2019, best case scenario is that we’ll have no roaming charges until the end of the transition period, on 31 December 2020.
In March 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May announced: “The UK will not be part of the EU’s Digital Single Market.” So this means UK mobile network operators, if they want to, might be able to reintroduce the charges.
7. Travel Insurance
UK-registered European health insurance cards (Ehic) currently cover pre-existing medical conditions, as well as emergency care if you have an accident or become ill on holiday or working abroad.
Without an agreement on future relations that cover this topic, the rights currently enjoyed by 27 million UK citizens, thanks to the Ehic, could cease to exist after Brexit.
However, emergency measures may be put in place to agree reciprocal deals with individual EU countries.
8. Border Checks
Forget breezily passing through the airport. After Brexit, we will no doubt be directed into the queue for non-EU citizens – so we may have a longer wait at the airport.
In the longer term, if Brexit leads to a more radical disintegration of the Union, border checks might be re-introduced. It may take a few years, but it certainly is a possibility.
9. Car Rental
If you have a shoot in Europe and want to hire a car for some well earned down time, a no deal Brexit might make things a little more difficult.
For those of you planning to drive abroad after 29 March, you’ll need to have proof of insurance known as a Green Card or risk breaking the law. And you’ll need to order the card a month before you plan to travel.
A no deal with the EU, might also mean drivers will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive abroad.
10. New Opportunities
It’s not all bad news though. A recent study from McCann Worldgroup says that there will be new opportunities for brands in a new Europe and thus this will have a knock on effect for more diverse modelling jobs.
The study claims that a whopping 72% of Europeans believe brands and business should play a greater role to bring Europeans together.
Therefore brands are expected to play a broader role in society, to contribute to communities, to develop real, emotional connections with people, and to be stewards for the planet.
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