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The Benefits of EU Membership to UK Travellers

By Vexen Crabtree 2017


#EU #EU_benefits #travel #UK

Brits make 50 million visits to Europe every year1. 1.4 million Brits work, study or have retired abroad in the EU2,3. That's 12 times as many as go to anywhere in North America, and 5 times as many as go anywhere in the world. When abroad, Brits get free emergency healthcare via the European Health Insurance Card4,5: a scheme we use more than most as a result of our high rate of excursions, saving holidaymakers a lot of paperwork and expense compared to the costs of organize it country-by-country. As a result of the EU's bargaining power with providers, ordinary class plane flights are 40% cheaper5 in the EU and EU-wide travel assistance and compensation schemes help many2,6.

After living abroad for 5 years, Brits get free health care anywhere in the EU6. Our driving licenses are valid throughout the EU2,7, we can go work (and retire) anywhere in the EU6 (does anyone remember how awkward (and often impossible) it was to organize work Visas?), and, anywhere in the world we can use the embassies of EU states in the absence of a UK embassy6. Membership of the EU facilitates harmonised motor insurance, vehicle registrations, number plates and other aspects of travel, and in each case, this saves individual time and expense7,8. Without all of this, our nearest continent becomes somewhat more difficult to navigate safely or smoothly. The benefits that EU members get from membership is worth alot to the UK.

1. Health Insurance

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2. Freedom to Travel, Work, Study and Retire (With Benefits)

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3. Consumer Protection and Consumer Rights When Shopping in the EU

4. Other Benefits

Current edition: 2017 Nov 21
Parent page: Benefits of the UK Remaining in the EU

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The Guardian. UK newspaper. See Which are the Best and Worst Newspapers in the UK?. Respectable and generally well researched UK broadsheet newspaper.

The Independent. UK newspaper. See Which are the Best and Worst Newspapers in the UK?. Respectable and generally well researched UK broadsheet newspaper.

The Economist. Published by The Economist Group, Ltd. A weekly newspaper in magazine format, famed for its accuracy, wide scope and intelligent content. See for some commentary on this source. A newspaper.

(2016) Europe & You: South West. Published by The In Campaign Ltd, London, UK. Dated January / February 2016. A newspaper-style leaflet delivered to homes in the South West. This body resulted from debates surrounding UK's possible exit from the EU, with a vote being held in 2016 Jun 23.

Brown, Gordon. Prime Minister of the UK 2007-2010 for the Labour Party.
(2016) Britain: Leading, Not Leaving: The Patriotic Case for Remaining in Europe. Amazon Kindle digital edition. Published by Deerpark Press, Selkirk, UK. An e-book.

Lewis, Kayleigh
(2016 Feb 04) What has the European Union ever done for us?. An Article in The Independent.

UK Govt
(2010 Aug 12) The Benefits and Achievements of EU Single Market. Date last accessed 2016 Mar 01. Published by The Department for Business and Innovation Skills and accessed via a page archive dating from 2010 Aug 12 but the original text may be older.
(2016) Why the Government Believes that Voting to Remain in the European Union is the Best Decision for the UK. Published to argue the government's position ahead of the UK referendum on EU membership on 2016 Jun 23. Published in 2016 Apr, and delivered to households nationwide. A paperback book.


  1. Brown (2016). Chapter 1 "Clinging to the past, 1945-57" digital location 455.^^
  2. page Reasons to Stay, accessed 2016 Feb 11.^^^
  3. The Economist (2016 Jun 04). Article "Pity the Brexpats". Says that a United Nations estimate says there are 1.3 million.^
  4. Europe & You: South West (2016) .^^
  5. UK Govt (2016) .^^^
  6. Lewis (2016 Feb 04) .^^^^
  7. UK Govt (2019 Feb 26). Para7. Date last accessed 2019 Feb 26. Published by The Department for Exiting the European Union. In para7.^^
  8. UK Govt (2019 Feb 26). Para17. Date last accessed 2019 Feb 26. Published by The Department for Exiting the European Union. In para17.^^
  9. 2012 Review of overseass visitors charging policy, on, accessed 2016 May 14. See paragraph 13.^
  10. Those who move permanently to a country in order to use its health services also pay taxes, and are therefore still paying for the service they use.^
  11. (2016 Apr 05). Accessed 2016 May 15.^
  12. Treating UK tourists in Europe costs five times more than equivalent cost to NHS (2015 Apr 07). Date last accessed 2017 Aug 14. In UK newspaper The Guardian.^
  13. Research and statistics on UK students abroad web page of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (last modified 2015 Mar 25). Last accessed 2016 May 16.^
  14. UK Govt (2010 Aug 12) .^^
  15. accessed 2016 Apr 26.^

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