In case of a hard Brexit, (EC) Regulation 261/2004 on air passenger rights will seize to apply for UK based air carriers flying from mainland Europe to the UK. UK will effectively be treated and considered a third country and British passengers in the UK will have lost their rights under Regulation 261/2004 taking off from a UK airport. Cancellations, delays, denied boarding etc. has no legal basis anymore and it will be up to airlines to compensate if they consider it applicable.

As an EU citizen you fly with a mainland Europe based carrier from any of the remaining EU member states to the UK you will still enjoy your rights through this regulation. Nothing will essentially change for you after a hard or indeed any type of Brexit.

Further explanations on all modes of transport can be found in the new EU factsheet: Travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of “no deal”

Other factsheets on what a no deal Brexit means for you are available on the publications website of the European Commission.


See below for further useful links:

EU citizens

-      European Commission preparedness website

-      Overview of residence rights in each EU27 Member States

-      Member States national “no-deal” websites

-      Notice on Travelling

-      Factsheets on travelling, citizens' rights, studying, and consumer rights

-      Q&A on Erasmus

-      Q&A on a “no-deal” scenario

-      Information for EU citizens living in the UK

EU businesses

-      A range of materials on customs and indirect taxation (including a simple 5-step checklist) for businesses

-      Information related to Agriculture

-      Seven Things Businesses in the EU27 need to know in order to prepare for Brexit

(Links compiled from EC press release IP/19/1813)

Source: European Commission