"No-deal" Brexit would complicate driving, data and roaming, United Kingdom says

Ruben Fields
September 15, 2018

He repeated calls for the United Kingdom to remain part of the single market and customs union, adding: "A "no-deal" Brexit should be unthinkable, which is why it should be ruled out, if necessary by extending the Article 50 process".

In the scenario of a no-deal Brexit, it is widely believed that there would be risks and some short-term disruption. A chaotic exit in March would sap the UK's "economic, fiscal and institutional strength", cause a fall in the pound and hit key industries.

The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom was clear it would withdraw United Kingdom support for Galileo unless it received assurances of close collaboration post-Brexit, adding: "This is not an idle threat to achieve our negotiating objectives".

He also said there must be a "shift across the board in the EU's approach" on the issue of Northern Ireland: "They will have to meet us halfway. if they meet the ambition, the pragmatism we've shown through our White Paper proposals then I'm confident we can get a good deal for this country, but also for the European Union".

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 has outlined the prospects in one of the Government's new round of notices, in this case focused on satellites and space programmes, on the effects of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal next March.

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"If you move to another European Union country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the United Kingdom has left the European Union".

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.

Last month, the government published 25 technical papers out of a total of more than 80, which detailed how tariffs, financial services, state aid and pharmaceuticals would operate if Britain departs without a divorce deal. An IDP may also be required for United Kingdom drivers hiring vehicles when in the EU.

In addition, it is trying to establish whether European organisations involved in partnering arrangements with the United Kingdom will be affects, and the paper warns that United Kingdom based users of Copernicus data may wish to consider the impact on their operations of losing access to anything that is not available under the open data policy.

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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