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Breakthroughs in post-Brexit negotiations for sailors

Hard work by British sailing authorities – the RYA, British Marine and the Cruising Association – has ensured key breakthroughs in the negotiations over controversial sailing rules that came into force after Brexit.

The RYA received confirmation that its ICC, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Powerboat Level 2, Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean tickets remain valid for skippering Spanish-flagged boats.

The RYA had raised concerns once it became clear that the UK’s status as a third country from 1 January 2021 meant that, in accordance with Spanish regulations, RYA certificates would no longer be recognised by the Spanish Government for use on Spanish-flagged boats.

The announcement comes following “persistent and coordinated consultations” through the UK Government with Spain’s General Directorate for Merchant Marine. Work behind the scenes included the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the UK Department for International Trade and the British Embassy in Spain.

Meanwhile Greek Customs have acknowledged the rights of UK yachts to retain their EU VAT status.

Following a complaint to the EU by the Cruising Association on the matter, the announcement is significant for those UK yachts returning to Greek waters, which can now retain their EU VAT status.

Finally, HMRC has announced an extension to the new rule banning private boatowners from using red diesel in Northern Ireland. The new deadline is October 1.

This gives more time for private pleasure craft to use up red diesel in NI and for their fuel suppliers to implement the change from red to white diesel, said the Cruising Association.

For England, Scotland and Wales, the current red diesel position stays the same. Diesel used for propulsion is taxed at the full duty rate, as for road diesel. Red diesel to be used for heating, lighting and power generation may be purchased at the rebated rate.

 

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Karpaz Gate Marina in North Cyprus has announced special berthing packages to welcome UK boat owners, as the region opens its borders with new entry requirements for international visitors. Effective from 3 June, as we go to press, the travel criteria allow quarantine-free entry to North Cyprus from low-risk (green, orange and yellow) countries, with no test requirements for vaccinated visitors from the lowest risk areas. The marina says it can offer “safe berthing outside the EU for British boat owners impacted by post-Brexit rules including the Schengen 90-day limit and VAT liability for returning boats”.

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