Setting direction of travel

Peck, Frank ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Setting direction of travel. In Cumbria Magazine, 2018 (April). pp. 52-53.

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In his new-look monthly column, Professor Frank Peck of the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development will tackle the burning issue of Brexit. This month, he focuses on how leaving the EU will effect the county’s tourism industry.

The UK Government and the EU have now agreed a transition period for Brexit that extends negotiations through to the end of 2020. This has been heralded as a “decisive step”, though there are clearly many unresolved issues of some significance that have made this step necessary. Big questions still remain over the terms of future trade with the EU, as well as the role of the European Court of Justice and the status of the border in Northern Ireland. For a short period at least, the UK has accepted the need to comply with EU regulations and be subject to changes in rules without having a seat at the table between March 2019 and December 2020. For business, there is perhaps less anxiety about a cliff edge in March 2019 but much is still at stake. In these circumstances, it is good to focus thoughts on things about which we can be more certain. Cumbria as a tourist destination is one of these. It is true that there are threats to the visitor economy arising not only from Brexit but also from ongoing processes of competition and the need to improve the quality of visitor experience. However, Cumbria has unique attributes and we can be fairly sure that tourism will remain a vital part of the economy of the county post-Brexit.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: In Cumbria Magazine
Publisher: CN Group
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 19:32


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