Scottish Government raises no-deal Brexit passport and driving licence concerns

Brexit | analysis September 11 2018 12:01am The TimesBrexit Is there light at the end of the tunnel?Oliver Wright Policy Editor

Brexit | analysis September 11 2018 12:01am The TimesBrexit Is there light at the end of the tunnel?Oliver Wright Policy Editor

The UK government said in the notice that companies now involved in Galileo, Europe's rival to the United States GPS programme, may face difficulties completing their existing contracts and should contact authorities to try to ensure they can comply with the conditions of their contracts.

He was asked about comments from British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab that a failure to reach a deal on the withdrawal treaty would mean Britain not paying tens of billions of euros it has so far agreed to send to Brussels.

A new passport and global driving permit could be among the unwanted shopping list facing the British in the event of a "no deal" Brexit, the United Kingdom government admitted on Thursday (13 September).

"So even as part of a no-deal arrangement the European Union could indicate that it is prepared to recognise United Kingdom driving licences and the United Kingdom could say it is prepared to recognise European Union driving licences".

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

But many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper an agreement, thrusting the world's fifth largest economy into a "no-deal" Brexit that they say would weaken the West, spook financial markets and silt up the arteries of trade.

The potential consequences of a no-deal Brexit were spelled out by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at a special meeting of the Cabinet when he warned ministers of a 35% crash in house prices over three years in a worst case scenario.

"And even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it's not to say there will be nothing done".

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"The clock is ticking, so certain measures have to be taken now, to make sure they can be put in place by March next year", Mr Mundell said.

They reveal that United Kingdom citizens with passports valid for less than six months would likely be refused entry to European Union countries as they would be treated as third-country nationals in line with visitors from the US, Canada and Australia.

CBI Director General Carolyn Fairbairn said the government's latest planning papers "make clear firms would be hit with a sledgehammer in the event of no-deal".

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

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