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.

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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.

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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,


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Attenborough at 90: his greatest journeys and how to do them

The debate about the most recognisable voice on television is, frankly, a short one. David Attenborough s gentle tones have been a soothing element of the British tapestry for more than six decades, bringing insight and authority to a near-endless array of BBC documentaries on the natural world and the many bestial inhabitants of our planet. Indeed, so difficult is it to mistake his half-whispered delivery for anyone else that it is easy to forget just how long it has been a part of our lives today sees Sir David turn a noble 90.

It is a significant birthday for a man who shows scant sign of slowing down after having a pacemaker fitted in 2013, he remarked: If I was earning my money by hewing coal, I would be very glad indeed to stop. But I m not. I m swanning around the world looking at the most fabulously interesting things. Such good fortune. And if, in more than a half-century of broadcasting, he has inspired you with his nuggets of wisdom on everything from killer whales to Amazonian ants, then what better way to wish him many happy returns than to embark on a trip which traces his and his film crew s footsteps.

Attenborough At 90: His Greatest Journeys And How To Do ThemAttenborough at 90: Sir David’s world travels in 60 seconds Play! 01:04

The list of Attenborough’s hits below is not exhaustive, but it supplies a few options for journeys in search of the far reaches of the planet and the creatures which live in them.

Life On Earth (1979)

This seismic series explained the evolution of life on this planet in 13 exotic episodes but there can be little doubt that the most iconic instalment was the 12th. This found Sir David visiting the gorilla sanctuary founded by the tragic conservationist Dian Fossey in the jungles of Rwanda, and coming into direct contact with these giants of the forest most notably in a scene where an adult female and two youngsters groomed the presenter as he spoke to camera. Thirty-seven years on, such close moments are unlikely to be repeated by normal travellers, as encounters with these endangered simians are carefully controlled. But those who want to enjoy one of Mother Nature s most thrilling spectacles can do so via the Mountain Gorilla Safari run by Expert Africa (020 8232 9777; expertafrica.com1) a seven-day tour which spends four nights at the heart of the matter in Rwanda s Volcanoes National Park. From 3,218 a head including flights and travel.

Attenborough At 90: His Greatest Journeys And How To Do ThemSir David Attenborough – in 60 seconds Play! 01:00

Wildlife On One: Meerkats United (1987)

Attenborough s longest-running contribution to our knowledge of all things animal lit up TV screens between 1977 and 2005, accruing 253 episodes in the process. But it was one particular edition, in 1987, which has become the most celebrated Meerkats United was once voted by BBC viewers as the best wildlife documentary ever made. While some of Sir David s later work has surely since eclipsed it, this half-hour programme was instrumental in introducing these loveable residents of southern Africa to the popular consciousness. Nowadays, of course, thanks to certain insurance commercials, meerkats are almost ubiquitous. But in 1987, they were largely unknown concepts, and Wildlife On One showed them in context adolescents play-fighting, couples in conversation, rival groups at ferocious odds with each other.

Their main habitats are the Kalahari Desert of Botswana2, and the Namib Desert of South Africa, Namibia3 and Angola.

Attenborough At 90: His Greatest Journeys And How To Do Them Credit: IAN JONES

The Luxury Safari Company (01666 880 111; theluxurysafaricompany.com4) offers a basic three-night Uncharted Kalahari trip which takes travellers to Camp Kalahari (adjacent to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in Botswana) for meerkat glimpses. This getaway costs from 1,801 a head, not including flights and can be slotted into a broader holiday.

Life In The Freezer (1993)

This six-episode saga turned the cameras onto the cycle of life on Antarctica5 featuring astonishing footage of male and female Emperor penguins attempting to hatch eggs in temperatures as low as -70C, and elephant seals jostling for position on the beach in the first days of spring . The simplest way to sample this icy realm is, of course, by cruise. Quark Expeditions (001 802 490 1816; quarkexpeditions.com6) operates 12-day voyages which take in the last continent as well as the frosty shards of the South Shetland Islands. Passengers can disembark from the main vessel, Ocean Endeavour, for jaunts by zodiac and dramatic sightings of penguins and seals.

From US$5,995 ( 4,096) per person, not including flights to the start-point, Ushuaia (in southern Argentina). The next departure is scheduled for November 6; 14 cruises planned for the Antarctic summer of 2016-2017.

The Blue Planet (2001)

If Life In The Freezer gazed (largely) across the top of the ice, The Blue Planet dipped under the surface for eight incomparable episodes on life in the ocean. An ambitious project which took five years to create, it took in more than 200 locations. Among them were the coastlines of eastern South Africa7 and Mozambique8, where, each year between May and July, the annual fish parade that is the Sardine Run turns the southern Indian Ocean into a feeding frenzy sharks and whales gathering to devour these silvery smaller specimens as they attempt to migrate north. For those who want a similarly in-depth perspective on this sea of scales, Regaldive (01353 659 999; offers an eight-night Sardine Run with Seal break in South Africa which splices scuba sessions with relaxation at Mbotyi River Lodge near Durban. From 3,067 a head (without flights).

Planet Earth (2006)

Attenborough s scope became global on this much-praised success an eleven-episode feast in high definition which was the most expensive nature documentary the BBC had ever commissioned. It swerved from jungles to ice caps to deserts and went into the Canadian Rockies10 to observe grizzly bear cubs taking their first faltering steps out of their caves at winter s end.

Attenborough At 90: His Greatest Journeys And How To Do Them A grizzly bear Credit: David Leadbitter / Alamy/David Leadbitter / Alamy

Responsible Travel (01273 823 700; responsibletravel.com11) sells a Grizzly Bear Watching Discount Holidays © Holiday to British Columbia which forges into the Great Bear Rainforest, in the west of the province, in search of these incredible ursines. It is priced from 2,950 a head, including all flights, and is available between May and October the window during which grizzlies are most visible, scooping up salmon from frothing rivers.

Frozen Planet (2011)

Sir David went back into the cold five years ago for this seven-part love letter to the polar regions. While the series courted controversy for its light touch on the weighty topic of climate change (reputedly with a sceptical American market in mind), there can be no criticism of the cinematography, or its chill beauty. Footage captured in the Arctic12 was especially wondrous, showing polar bears and wolves attempting to cope with shrinking habitats in the far north. Exodus (0203 811 4578; operates a full-scale 14-day Journey to the North Pole on a Russian icebreaker, and has three of these voyages scheduled for this summer (the next on June 15) from 18,400 a head, not including flights.

Attenborough At 90: His Greatest Journeys And How To Do Them Footage from The Frozen Planet series Credit: Jason Roberts

If that seems expensive, the same company has a Spitsbergen Explorer Discount Holidays © holiday slated for June 22 a 12-day foray to Norway s Svalbard archipelago, in the company of expert photographers Paul Goldstein and Mark Cawardine, which will let participants train their lenses on polar bears and walruses.

From 3,899 a head not including flights.


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Paul Levey and his partner Michelle outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome.

Picture: Ella Pellegrini

Paul1 s yarns were dark, darker than the skies threatening to erupt overhead. They spoke of unimaginable childhood horrors of abuse at the hands of the clergy in full view of others who actively chose to turn their backs; the physical trauma lasted years but the mental heartache much longer.

No more silence, one tattoo says, on the need to speak out about child sex abuses that have gone on within the Catholic Church in Australia. On this particular stormy day Paul confined his description of them to just a few sentences along the lines of why he and partner Michele East were in Rome.

But the meaning and sentiment were clearly understood.

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There was something akin to that Roman medieval forum this week, albeit played out in words in a back ballroom of Hotel Quirinale where the royal commission into institutionalised child sex abuse was convening for four days of its 310 days of public hearings.

ANDREW BOLT: Many more guilty than the cardinal6

ANDREW BOLT: The day I gave in to mob rule7

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ANDREW BOLT: Vatican enemies are circling Pell10

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