Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Drivers could face "major delays" for European Union permits after no-deal Brexit

Drivers could face

"If no deal is reached, motorists planning on taking their vehicle to European Union countries after 29th March 2019 may be required to apply for one or possibly two different International Driving Permits (IDPs)".

British people traveling to Europe may also have to ensure their passport is valid for at least six months when they visit the European Union in the event of no deal, to comply with European Union regulations for third countries.

The documents cost £5.50.

Emerging from talks between the United Kingdom and devolved administrations on Brexit that also focused on no-deal preparations, the Scottish Government's constitutional relations secretary warned of "a danger that becomes self-fulfilling".

"It's a sensible measure as a lot of people drive lorries and vans outside of the United Kingdom on their United Kingdom driving licence".

Ministers admitted the re-designed documents in the original colour scheme, will not start being issued until late next year.

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.

If a deal is secured, surcharge-free roaming will continue during the transition period but arrangements after that are dependent on the outcome of the negotiations on the Future Economic Partnership.

But a technical paper released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) went further, warning the United Kingdom would "no longer play any part in the development of Galileo" or the related European Geostationary Navigation Overlay (EGNO) system.

- United Kingdom firms working on the EU's 10 billion euro Galileo satellite navigation system could be cut out of existing contracts as well as barred from seeking new ones.

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab warned the United Kingdom would not pay its £39 billion "divorce bill" to Brussels if it is refused a Brexit deal.

Currently, mergers which meet EU turnover thresholds and many cases of anti-competitive conduct which affect the United Kingdom are handled by the European Commission, with remaining cases handled by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) or sector regulators in the United Kingdom, such as Ofcom. With just over six months to secure logistical plans for the transport of goods to and from the United Kingdom, many worry that delays offer a credible threat to the UK's supply chain.

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