PeteM wrote:But it is worth remembering that touring the EU will be more complex as and when we are allowed to.
Not really, so far as it seems to date.
Until June 2022
we can still travel into/from the EU from any strip or airfield in the UK; all strips have been deemed to be "Certificate of Agreement Airfields" (CoAA) so far as Border Force are concerned, so file GARs as usual and you're good to go.
At the EU end you must enter/leave via a Customs and Immigration airfield, but that's always been the case. Then ,once in the Schengen Area, the rules will be as before.After
June 2022, then an individual "Certificate of Agreement" will need to have been issued for 'your' airfield/strip; but Border Force have been very proactive and are taking applications now. The application is not onerous: I have just submitted the material for a local strip, so can say that with some direct knowledge.
Sure, there are now some additional wrinkles (e.g. carriage of foodstuffs, as in the OP; Customs allowances - but W&B generally limits those anyway) but they are pretty minor compared with pre-Jan 1st.
In short, expect minimal practical change.
In fact, it seems that there may be a positive (TBC): If we have a "Certificate of Agreement" for our strips etc, we can fly direct to/from the Channel Islands which we could not have done previously without being a CoAA.
Now, its is true that those with LAPLs and NPPLs have a more complex problem, as several threads have already discussed. But that (unfortunately) may stop you going at all - which wasn't the statement I am responding to. If you have a licence that will get you there, then as I say you will see little change in practice,