No deal Brexit advice published


The UK government published 28 new documents explaining, amongst many things, how driving licenses, passports and mobile phone charges could be affected in the event of no deal Brexit. The main points from these documents are:

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  • Passports  (document here) – UK citizens travelling to the EU Schengen area after Brexit should have at least six months left on their passport. This limit will not apply to travel to Ireland. The EU Schengen area consists of  all EU and exclusively EEA countries, excluding Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
  • Driving licenses (document here) – “Your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.” 
    • UK citizens travelling abroad – The government says you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), as well as having a UK driving licence to drive in the EU. You would either need the 1949 convention IDP – allows you to drive in Ireland, Spain, Malta and Cyprus (and it would last for 12 months) – or you would need the 1968 convention IDP allows you to drive in other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland – (and it would last for 3 years, or until your driving licence expires). The IDPs will cost £5.50 and be available from February 1.
    • UK citizens moving abroad – If a UK citizen were to become a resident in an EU country, they would no longer be able to exchange a UK licence for an EU driving license applicable for the country they are in and may need to pass a new driving test. The government says this can be avoided by exchanging UK driving licences before 29 March 2019.
    • EU citizens – Drivers with EU driving licences will be able to drive in the UK without any extra paperwork.
    • Car manufacturers (document here) – UK car manufacturers would need to get EU certificates showing compliance with EU safety and environmental standards and EU manufacturers wanting to sell cars in the UK would need equivalent UK documentation.
  • Irish citizens (document here) – British and Irish citizens can continue to travel freely between Britain and Ireland without seeking immigration permission.
  • Erasmus+ students – The UK government will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids before March 29 2019.
  • Mobile phone charges (document here) – “Surcharge-free roaming when you travel to the EU could no longer be guaranteed.” The EU directive brought in in June 2017 which capped the prices mobile phone operators could charge each other will no longer apply to the UK after Brexit. However, the government said it would legislate to make operators set a cap of £45 a month on data usage while abroad – roughly the same as the EU’s current cap of €50. Mobile network operators 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone – which cover over 85 percent of UK mobile subscribers, said they currently have no current plans to change their mobile roaming costs post-Brexit

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The UK government says a no deal Brexit scenario “remains unlikely.”

The UK leaves the European Union in March 2019, but arrangements for the terms of the UK’s exit were said to be needed to be finalized by October 2018 to give time for the UK and European Parliaments to vote on them. However, in recent weeks that October deadline has been pushed back until November by the UK government.

See WikiTribune‘s earlier story for the government’s no-deal Brexit advice published on other topics.

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