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You might need a £50 visa for holidays in Europe after Brexit – Liverpool Echo

Holidaymakers may have to fork out 50 to go away in Europe after Brexit.

European Union1 countries could force Brits to apply for visas if the government clamps down on immigration to the UK, a minister has admitted. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Britain was engaged in a two-way negotiation with the EU – and could not guarantee visa-free travel abroad would be protected. People from many non-EU countries currently have to apply in advance for a 50 visa for a short trip to the continent.

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There are now fears that similar rules could hit British tourists when the UK leaves the EU. Liverpool-born Andy Burnham2, Labour shadow home secretary, said the move would make it harder for cash-strapped families to go on Discount Holidays © holiday abroad.

You Might Need A £50 Visa For Holidays In Europe After Brexit - Liverpool Echo Border Force check the passports of passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport.

He said: This is yet another example of the drift and confusion as a result of the Government s failure to plan for Brexit. Ministers should not just accept there s a cost of 50 for the average family to go on holiday.

The Home Secretary s words will not have reassured ordinary families about the cost of Brexit. She seems to be sympathetic to an idea that will put a flat 50 tax on the average family Discount Holidays © holiday in Europe.

Tory ministers might think nothing of that, but it would make it even harder for ordinary families to afford a holiday.

Norway doesn t have the charge, so why should we? I challenge the Home Secretary to rule it out.

Post-Brexit fall-out

But Ms Rudd told the BBC: I think they (British citizens) would be surprised.

I don t think it s particularly desirable but we don t rule it out because we have to be allowed a free hand to give the best negotiation.

Once we leave the European Union we will have complete control over who comes into the UK from the EU and who doesn t, with one or two provisos of course.

First of all, it s going to be reciprocal, we are going to have to work out what s in the UK s interests as well going to the European Union and what works for our economy and making sure that we get the right balance.

Looking across the whole spectrum is what s going to be the guiding principle.

Whether we look at a work permit system or another system is something that my department is looking at closely at the moment,

References

  1. ^ European Union (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ Andy Burnham (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)

Donald Trump luxury hotel opens just blocks from the White House

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opened the latest outpost in his real estate empire on Monday, a luxury hotel in a historic building five blocks from the White House that underwent a two-year, $200 million ( 150m) renovation.

While staff members at the 263-room Trump International Hotel planned little hoopla for what they described as a “soft opening,” about 40 protesters opposed to the New York real estate developer’s presidential run gathered outside. The opening came eight weeks before the November 8 election1.

Donald Trump Luxury Hotel Opens Just Blocks From The White House Demonstrators from Answer Coalition protest outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC Credit: AFP

“It kind of fits his personality that he finds a way to be on Pennsylvania Avenue, one way or another,” said protester Judy Byron, 70, a Washington artist.

The hotel, which includes a $20,000-a-night suite, is less than a mile down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The hotel is housed in Washington’s third-tallest building, the 1899 Old Post Office, built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. Mr Trump said on Twitter he had stopped by the property “to thank all of the tremendous men & women for their hard work!”

The protesters criticised some of Mr Trump’s positions, including a promise to build a wall along the Mexican border to block illegal immigrants2. Protest organiser Andrew Castro of Baltimore said: “We’re out here building a wall against racism.”

Stopped by @TrumpDC to thank all of the tremendous men & women for their hard work! pic.twitter.com/oGcJL4N45434

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Dozens of people filtered in and out on Monday afternoon, some to gawk and others pausing for a drink at the hotel’s bar. On his way in, Ric Hedlund, who works in port development, said he had been impressed by the renovations of a building that he said was previously “a dump.”

“I’m going in to drink Trump wine,” said Mr Hedlund, who added he also supported Mr Trump as a candidate.

Donald Trump Luxury Hotel Opens Just Blocks From The White House A view of the lobby in the Trump International Hotel just after it opened on Pennsylvania Avenue Credit: EPA

Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka6, who helped negotiate the 60-year lease with the US government and oversaw the building’s revamp and design, said the project had come in a year ahead of schedule and under budget.

“We have really positioned this hotel to not only be the finest hotel in DC but in the country,” she said in a telephone interview. A grand-opening ceremony is planned for next month.

The Republican nominee attended the 2014 groundbreaking for the renovations alongside local Democratic officials before launching his presidential campaign last year. While Mr Trump’s name is hard to escape in his native New York, where it adorns structures including the Trump Tower as well as a Bronx golf course, the hotel marks his most visible presence in Washington.

His comments describing some Mexican immigrants as criminals7 prompted celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian to pull out of the project. Mr Trump has sued them.

Donald Trump in quotes8

References

  1. ^ November 8 election (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Mr Trump’s positions, including a promise to build a wall along the Mexican border to block illegal immigrants (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ @TrumpDC (twitter.com)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/oGcJL4N454 (t.co)
  5. ^ 12 September 2016 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka (www.discountholidays.info)
  7. ^ His comments describing some Mexican immigrants as criminals (www.discountholidays.info)
  8. ^ Donald Trump in quotes (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)

Maspeth Holiday Inn eyed for shelter

The Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn at 59-40 55 Road in Maspeth is being eyed as a possible location for a homeless shelter.

A city-hosted meeting between the NYPD, Community Board 5 members, community stakeholders and elected officials including state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) took place Wednesday morning to discuss the proposal.

A source who was at the meeting told the Chronicle the hotel will house 110 homeless adult families meaning couples or single parents with adult children and that no one under the age of 18 will be housed there. The capacity will be 220 people. The source added that the Bronx-based Acacia Network will operate the shelter, with the group promising a very robust security plan with on-site guards to the approximately 30 people at the meeting.

They also noted that it isn t clear whether the hotel will still operate as one when the homeless families move in, but the city hopes the shelter will open in a minimum of 60 days. The insider noted that CB 5 and elected officials have been given 30 days to search for an alternative site that can house at least 35 people. Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together President Roe Daraio said on the civic s website that city representatives told her on a conference call that it will reconsider the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn plan if the community came up with a sensible alternative location.

The city also said many of the homeless residents being moved into the hotel would have formerly lived in addresses within Community Board 5, according to Daraio. The cost of the rooms at the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn will be $60 per night, a fee expected to be paid by the city. Crowley issued a statement on Wednesday, saying she strongly opposes the proposal.

The community of Maspeth is already impacted by two existing homeless shelters along Queens Boulevard, Crowley said. The most recent city budget has allocated hundreds of millions for homelessness prevention and while we have seen a decrease in New York City s shelter population since December 2014, the administration continues to open up shelter after shelter throughout Queens.

I will be working with community leaders and residents to stop this, she continued.

It s very early in the process, there s a proposal that isn t even approved yet, Addabbo said in a phone interview.

We re going through some concerns now so we don t replicate issues that happened at the Pan Am. COMET member Christina Wilkinson said she wonders if the city will use the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn as a shelter instead of the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.

I m afraid … we may be inundated, Wilkinson said on Wednesday. Something s up and it s not good.

The source could not say whether the city was killing the Glendale plan in favor of the Maspeth one. The news of the proposal sent social media into a frenzy, with many residents posting their strong displeasure on Maspeth-related Facebook pages.

We need to all get together as a community and fight this, Mina Vassilakis wrote on the Maspeth 11378 page. Enough is enough.

A community meeting to discuss the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn proposal has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug.

11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther School on Maspeth Avenue. Neither the Department of Homeless Services nor Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn management responded to requests for comment by press time.

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