EU residency status
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote there appears to be an unnecessary rush in the UK to guarantee the status of EU nationals living there. Certainly some of the initial Conservative leadership candidates, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, and others have demanded that the UK Parliament acts quickly to reassure the 2.9 million EU citizens currently living in the UK, including 175,000 Portuguese (many of those Madeirans), that their future is secure. Indeed 245 MPs voted in Parliament this week to protect their right to remain. But surely this is foolishly and prematurely throwing away a bargaining chip when it comes to securing the rights of just under 1.2 million UK citizens living in Europe?
Doors closing on Open Skies?
Experts are beginning to ask what will happen to the US-EU Open Skies agreement when Brexit is completed. Signed in 2007, this permits any airline in the EU to fly to any point in the US and vice versa. The agreement was particularly significant for the UK because it opened up transatlantic opportunities to London Heathrow, whereas the previous bilateral agreement gave access only to American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. In theory, the UK would need to renegotiate a bilateral agreement with the US and that could take us back to the days of airline access limits.
Likewise any EU airline can fly to any EU country – a situation which will not apply to the UK after Brexit. This is presumably why rumours circulate about easyJet relocating from its Luton headquarters – it has already opened discussions with a number of European aviation regulators about the establishment of an Air Operator Certificate in a European country to enable easyJet to fly across Europe as freely as they do today. The AOC would give easyJet a legal base in another country and the right to operate an airline there.
What will happen post-Brexit to the previously cheap airfares from the UK to the rest of Europe remains to be seen, and higher airfares combined with a much weaker Sterling could mean that we see fewer Brits holidaying in Madeira?
Funchal Jazz Festival
Funchal Jazz Festival, organized by Funchal Municipal Council, takes place in Santa Catarina Park from July 14th – 16th featuring some of the most prestigious artists and groups from the national and international jazz world. Facebook page here.
Ronaldo’s fight against ALS
The Diario reports that Cristiano Ronaldo invited Chantal Borgonovo, widow of former Italian player Stefano Borgonovo, to watch Portugal play France in the final of Euro2016 tomorrow in Saint-Denis.The paper reports that CR7 has been very active in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease which the Italian footballer suffered from, and he took the opportunity to invite Chantal to watch the game. She works with the foundation which bears her husband’s name – he died three years ago in Florence. “Cristiano and Jorge (Mendes – CR7’s agent) have always been close to my family and I am very happy and grateful to continue to remember my husband and support us in the fight against ALS”, said Borgonovo’s widow.
Vote for Europe’s Leading Island Destination
Don’t forget to vote for Madeira as Europe’s Leading Island Destination before the World Travel Award voting closes on the 17th of this month – if it wins this it will be a deserving addition to its title as the World’s Leading Island Destination, awarded by the same body last year.