Questions for travellers as Brexit looms
Easter Sunday. Dubrovnik International Airport. The feeling of relief filled the arrivals hall. Not just because our pilot had landed us safely but that we were able to enter the country in a timely and orderly manner.
What would have happened if we had left the EU with no deal this month? As an avid traveller, a few questions spring to mind. What about Euro Tunnel, Eurostar, passports, EU roaming tariffs? What about low-cost carriers like Jet2, who I arrived on, and who have capitalised on ease of access to Europe?
It is hard to believe that Jet2’s maiden flight was 16 years ago. This fast-growing business has its headquarters in Leeds and a fabulous training centre in Bradford.
The hot topic on arrival in Croatia regarded the currency that would be accepted in our destination, Montenegro, which widely accepts Euros. Croatia has its own currency.
Croatia and Montenegro were part of Yugoslavia until the 1990s. Despite opposition from Russia, Montenegro joined NATO and is scheduled to join the EU.
I could write a whole article on the fascinating recent history of Montenegro but that’s not for this column! (Instead, why not join us on 20 May to hear from the EU’s Head of Europe and Trade Policy Allie Renison, who will speak at a Leaders’ Lunch in Hull followed by a Q&A at our regional headquarters in Cloth Hall Court, Leeds.)
In business, many of us will have experienced the combination of structure and transparency that lends itself to success and equilibrium. Along with this often comes sophistication where the next step is empowerment.
We live in an era of connectivity, choice and freedom. This is a very different time to the last 50 years of the 20th century and I can hardly imagine what the last 50 years of the 21st century will be like but let’s hope it will a time of higher existence and awareness for all. Not just a country that works for everyone but a world that does.
At the IoD we are also devolving. We believe in this as the way forward.
Just as Wal-Mart’s Judith McKenna said to us at a recent event at Rudding Park “we can be global as well as local”. If you would like to hear more about the IoD’s future, come and hear from the driving force behind this change, Anna Daroy, when she visits Leeds on 14 May for our Open Doors and Q&A at Cloth Hall Court.
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Natalie Sykes, regional director, Institute of Directors