Writing upbeat words for the future is always the plan at the end of the year, but I never seem to get it right. Last year on 31st December I said, ‘May all your hopes and dreams for 2020 come true.’ This year I should probably say, ‘may all the hopes and dreams you had for yourself in 2020, come true in 2021.’
Roll on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine that is the positive vibe for 2021. Once we all receive a shot in the arm and are protected against the nastiness of Coronavirus, we will be free to go about our lives with a degree of normality, but, life in 2021 will still have its challenges. Beware the Ides of January 2021.
Blinkering ourselves against the Brexit Madness will be a priority and the day we all hoped would never come will be here all too soon. Gloomsday cometh. The grossest act of self-harm inflicted by the United Kingdom.
The day the once-mighty Britannia ceases to rule the waves and casts itself adrift from our biggest trading partner, the EU.
Jon Danzig knew that Brexit was madness in 2018 – along with half the British population and, it scares me that so many people I thought of as friends, were/are Brexiteers. Do they fully appreciate what leaving the EU means, apart from having to change back to blue passports? Here are some of the things you need to do before you even think about sallying forth.
1. plan your European trips in advance
If you are like me, planning your long-awaited 2020 summer holiday in Europe will be a priority, but you can forget about bagging yourself any last-minute deals because, travelling in the wake of Brexit and a pandemic, means you need to allow yourself plenty of time to plan your escape from our sheltered UK shores.
- check your passport – may need to renew it
- get travel insurance that covers your healthcare – the reciprocal healthcare will no longer exist from 1st January 2021
- check you have the right driving documents – most EU countries do not require an International Driving Licence, but it’s best to check
- organise pet travel – contact your vet at least 4 months before you go – your dog will now need a rabies vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC, the adverse effects of rabies vaccinations include vomiting, swelling at the site of the injection, lethargy, and hypersensitivity. Cassie the Blog Dog is not very happy to hear this, and I am not sure I want to put her through it, she’s only little. She and I had great European plans for 2020, but we can’t blame Brexit for that.
- Oh, and if you are travelling to the EU on business, you better check the lengthy list at www.gov.uk.
2. You’ll stand in a different queue at borders
3. Duty-free shopping will return
4. Moving to the EU? pile on the paperwork
5. New rules for EU citizens living in the UK
Not sure what they will entail and the British Government should bear in mind that 1 million EU citizens living in the UK work for the NHS.
6. There’ll be a new immigration system
7. Trade will be different, inside and outside the UK
At least BJ won’t be buying chlorinated chickens from the US now Trump has been ousted, at least I hope he won’t.
I mean, really. Why would you want to make things more difficult for everybody than they already are? Even if there is some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
I’m was born in Yorkshire, and everything about me is British, apart from my grandmother’s Greek genes. I have always been proud of my British heritage, and also my Greek genes, but my pride has turned to shame, and I am anxious about what the future has in store.
I took a DNA test a couple of years ago, hoping to find some of my Greek relations. Then, it was because I adored my Greek grandmother, and I wanted to find out more about her family. Note to you all… ask your older relatives to tell you more about themselves when you have the chance. Now, I want to find them because, if they like me, they might adopt me, so that I can become a citizen of Hellas.
I count my blessings I live in Jersey. ‘Nearer to France but closer to home.’ Remember that old slogan? It was how the Channel Islands used to sell our sceptred isle to holidaymakers. I am not even sure what it’s going to be like popping across to St. Malo post-Brexit. Will the entente still be cordial? It wouldn’t stop me, as the draw of living further south has always been there as, in my heart, I consider myself to be more European these days. C’est la vie.
I wish you all safe travels in 2021.