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UK driving licence 'may not be valid in Europe' after no-deal Brexit

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/09/2018 Sophie Williams
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UK driving licences may not be valid in the European Union if there is no Brexit deal, the Government has said.

In the latest batch of "no-deal" papers, Brits were warned that after March 2019 “your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself” to drive in the EU.

Drivers would need to obtain an international driving permit from the Post Office, which are currently £5.50.

According to the Government website, motorists would need to bring both their UK licence and international driving permit with them when driving abroad.

A second wave of technical notices giving guidance on the impact of a no-deal Brexit was released by the government on Thursday.

Some 28 documents were published on the gov.uk website during the morning following the release of 24 in August.

Among the topics covered are roaming charges for mobile phones and the future of the European space and satellites programmes.

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal Brexit in London, Britain. Aug 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls © Reuters Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the government's plans for a no-deal Brexit in London, Britain. Aug 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Earlier today Dominic Raab said the government would legislate to put a “limit” on the reintroduction of roaming charges in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

He told the BBC: “In any event we would legislate for a limit on roaming charges to make sure in a no-deal scenario we would protect British consumers.”

Vodafone, Three, EE and O2, which cover more than 85 per cent of mobile subscribers, have said they have no current plans to change their approach to mobile roaming once the UK leaves.

While Government papers warned that in the case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK would no longer play a part in some space and satellite programmes such as the Copernicus Earth observation programme.

However the UK would remain a part of the European Space Agency.

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