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14 Sep 2018

The government has published a second batch of 28 technical notices, offering further guidance for businesses and individuals in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Following on from the 24 technical notices that were published in August, these new notices cover areas such as mobile phone roaming charges in Europe and contingency plans for driving licences and passports.

According to the advice, free data roaming for people using their mobile phones in another EU country will no longer be guaranteed, although most phone companies state that they will not reinstate previous charges. If operators were to reinstate the charges, the government has said that it will set a cap of £45 a month for those using data abroad.

Meanwhile, UK drivers who choose to drive in the EU may require an international driving permit, according to the documents.

Passports, too, will change, beginning with the removal of the words ‘European Union’, followed by the issue of blue passports starting from late 2019. The papers advise those travelling to the EU to ensure that they have at least six months on their passport, in the event of no deal.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab insisted that the UK would not pay the full £39 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ if the UK fails to reach an agreement with EU. He added that the UK would ‘recognise our strict legal obligations’ but that the amount paid would be ‘significantly, substantially lower’.

Further ‘no deal’ Brexit publications are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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