No-deal Brexit could bring driving licence ramifications

Angelica Greene
September 15, 2018

Cross-border mobile phone bills could soar in the event of a no-deal Brexit if the phone companies pass on the costs of higher roaming and data charges that would follow if the United Kingdom crashes out of the EU.

As previously reported, the guidance has confirmed that United Kingdom licences may not be valid in European Union countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with drivers needing International Driving Permits (IDPs) to drive on the continent.

"In a "no deal" scenario, businesses should be aware that it is possible that there will be no agreement on jurisdiction over live European Union merger and antitrust cases to the extent that they address effects on United Kingdom markets", the government's technical notice on merger review and anti-competitive activity if there's no Brexit deal said.

Raab said it may take time to work out how much Britain would need to pay if London and Brussels failed to reach agreement on Britain's exit from the EU.

The DUP's Brexit spokesperson has accused Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson of "whinging" about government warnings over the possible need for worldwide driving permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Yet there is a long way to go until Dominic Raab, or anyone in government, can be sure.

The CBI said the notices also showed the extent of disruption consumers can expect if "ideology wins over evidence".

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"Businesses subject to an ongoing antitrust investigation should take independent legal advice on how to comply with any ongoing investigation of the European Commission and/or the Competition and Markets Authority (or the relevant United Kingdom regulator)", it said.

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn said: "Efforts on all sides should be geared towards securing the withdrawal agreement to protect the transition period".

"It also begs the question of how this will be enforced and raises legitimate concerns over lengthy border delays if permits are to be checked".

Worldwide driving permits now cost £5.50 and are available at some post offices.

- The UK Government will guarantee funding for all projects receiving grants from the EU's Regional Development Fund.

Last month the government published 24 no-deal documents covering industries including medicine, finance and farming.

Labour MP Ian Murray, a member of the campaign for another referendum, said: "Nobody voted to make Britain poorer, to diminish our national influence or to ruin their holidays".

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