Holidaymakers could be urged by the government not to book trips abroad after Brexit under leaked contingency plans for a no deal withdrawal.

The Sunday Times said senior officials had examined the idea of warning people against booking holidays beyond March 2019 when the UK is supposed to leave the EU.

But Downing Street has dismissed the claims and said the report is ‘categorically untrue’.

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The plans were due to be discussed at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting which was cancelled due to tumultuous events in Westminster.

The newspaper said the leaked proposal came about after civil servants were urged to ramp up plans for a no deal scenario as doubts about the future of Theresa May’s deal grow.

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It said senior officials have explored the idea with at least one cabinet minister and discussed the impact it would have on tour operators amid fears it might bankrupt them.

One idea was for the government to bail out companies hit hard by the ‘don’t go’ advice by paying out compensation.

But travel agents’ body ABTA said: ‘The European Commission has said that even in a no-deal scenario, flights will still operate between the UK and EU, and a visa is not required.’

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary believes there could be post-Brexit chaos (Picture: AFP)

The idea of telling people not to book holidays reportedly came after warnings that a no deal Brexit could see flights grounded, with the European Regions Airline Association saying it would have ‘disastrous consequences’ for routes, air safety and border security.

In September, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary predicted ‘chaos’ if there was no deal made soon.

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He said: ‘We are selling tickets between the UK and Europe on flights that may not take place.

‘There are going to be real and serious consequences, both in the UK economy and in the European economy.

‘From my narrow perspective all I want to see is a continuation of open skies and free flights, cheap flights.’

Delays at Dover could put many tourist off traveling (Picture: PA)

Last week it was confirmed that while UK travellers won’t need a visa to go to the EU, Brits wanting to travel there after Brexit will have to pay £6.30 for the pleasure.

That will be the cost of a new three-year visa waiver programme that will come into effect from 2021, Brussels has confirmed.

Alongside the €7 fee, UK citizens will also need to pre-register for the scheme.

Freedom of movement will end once the UK leaves the bloc, meaning we must now pay to holiday or travel in Europe once the transition period ends.

The new scheme will be similar to the ESTA programme in the US, where travellers need to register before they go but can visit without a visa for two years.

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