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Article image Brexit negotiators in call ahead of European Union summit

15 September 2018
Article image Brexit negotiators in call ahead of European Union summit

But responding to Ms Anderson's comments, Mr Wilson said the government's action was "a perfectly sensible measure".

"For the 2.6m private motorists and lorry drivers that head to European Union countries each year, we would hope that any Brexit agreement makes travel as seamless and straightforward as possible".

A raft of papers unveiled by the government today revealed the consequences of a "no deal" Brexit.

He said: "The government has made it quite clear that, as part of its preparation for a no-deal Brexit - if that's what happens - to ensure that driving licences issued in the United Kingdom can be used outside the United Kingdom, it has applied for United Kingdom driving licences to be treated as worldwide driving licenses as well".

AA president Edmund King said: "This will be an extra burden for United Kingdom drivers wanting to take a holiday overseas".

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told the meeting Britain's property market would crash and mortgage rates would spiral up in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, with house prices falling 35% over three years, the Times newspaper reported.

For the public, Thursday's notices covered more mundane issues; the government said British drivers might need to obtain an worldwide driving permit to drive in the EU.

They also warn that if negotiations with Brussels fail ex-pats might be forced to retake driving tests after March next year, as their United Kingdom ones will no longer be valid.

That means that the European regulation that bans roaming charges will not automatically be part of United Kingdom law, so British mobile operators might be able to reintroduce the charges.

"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".

If EVs sold in Britain are not counted as part of EU targets, suggest the documents, this could force manufacturers to shift sales to other European countries. "That's why we're putting so much effort into getting a deal over the next six to eight weeks".

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that key differences remained between the EU and Britain over the future of the Irish border and the EU's system of protecting food names.

The warning was delivered in one of the 28 notices issued today (13 September) that are meant to give British people, businesses, and other groups advice on how to prepare for the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal.