Friday 21 July 2017

The New York Times is offering a $6,000 Brexit tour of London

The tour will take Americans around the major sights of the capital, including the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court.

By Zaina Alibhai

The New York Times is offering a “Brexit” tour of London, inviting guests to see the sights that will play a pivotal role in the UK’s process of leaving the European Union.

The six-day ‘Brexit Means Brexit!’ tour will shine a light on the impact of the UK’s impending independence from the EU – both politically and economically – and will be led by NYT experts. Other professionals, politicians, journalists and historians will also share their knowledge with guests along the way.

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Westminster, home to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May, is the first stop on the journey. A London School of Economics graduate will guide the group through the iconic site, and guests will be able to hear the views of a member of the House of Lords and House of Commons to hear what they think about Brexit.

The afternoon will be polished off with a “typical pub lunch and a pint” at a local pub which, apparently, is often frequented by MPs.

The next day will take the group to the City of London where they’ll visit the Guildhall, Mansion House, the Gherkin, Cheesegrater and Walkie Talkie buildings, and City Hall. Guests will learn about the financial ramifications of Brexit and other issues such as housing and immigration in London from a senior officer of the Greater London Authority.

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Foreign affairs, global economics and trade agreements are the next issues addressed on the Brexit Means Brexit! tour, with guests attending a talk on the UK’s trade, political and defence policies with Europe and the rest of the world. The afternoon will be completed with afternoon tea – scones included.

The last stop will be the Supreme Court – the location at which Article 50 was agreed upon – and the British Library. A legal expert will host a Q and A session answering any questions guests have on the legal aspect of Brexit, considering many rules and regulations will have to be revised and rewritten upon the UK’s departure from the European jurisdiction.

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The six-day, five-night tour to the capital costs $5,995, with the first of three scheduled to set off on October 22.

Guests will be staying at the four-star St Ermin’s Hotel in the heart of Westminster, and while they have a pretty jam-packed itinerary for the daytime, they can spend some evenings exploring the capital at their leisure.

The New York Times website reads: “The 2016 referendum on the European Union divided the United Kingdom and split traditional political allegiances, as the British population decided, after more than 40 years, to leave.

“It is still unclear what Brexit will ultimately mean for the UK, politically and economically. On this six-day journey to London with New York Times experts, examine the historic implications of a historic vote”.

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