Passports, Roaming, Driving Licences If No Deal: Brexit Update - BLOOMBERG

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

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The U.K. issues another batch of papers on its preparations for a no-deal Brexit following a Cabinet meeting, which Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also attended.

Firearms (1:38 p.m.)

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Here is something gun owners should know: “Should the UK leave the EU with no deal, European Firearms Passes would no longer be available to UK residents wishing to travel with their firearms to EU countries. UK residents wishing to travel to EU countries with their firearm or shotgun after 29 March 2019 should contact the authorities of the countries concerned for information about their licensing requirements.”

Mobile roaming (1:32 p.m.)

Highlights on whether using your phone in the EU will cost more. Click herefor the full thing.

  • Surcharge free mobile roaming not guaranteed in no-deal scenario.
  • U.K. would set a data charge limit at GBP45 per month, in line with present limit of 50 euros as per EU law, and ensure data limit alerts continue.
  • Apart from that it would become a commercial question for operators.
  • The government also warns phone users of inadvertent roaming into EU near Irish border.

Trading goods (1:30 p.m.)

In event of a no-deal, it would seem that the U.K. would still allow EU-approved goods in. That would not be the case in reverse.

Trading goods regulated under the ‘New Approach’ if there’s no Brexit deal:“For the bulk of manufactured goods, the U.K. will continue to allow imports that meet EU requirements for a “time-limited” period after a no-deal Brexit. Products for export to the bloc that have been tested and conformity-marked by a U.K. body will need further testing and conformity marking by an EU body, according to the government. For imports, a new U.K. conformity marking will be introduced, though initially the EU marking will be permitted in the event of no deal.”

Common travel area? (1:27 p.m.)

Travelling in the Common Travel Area if there’s no Brexit deal: “There would be no practical changes to the UK’s approach to immigration on journeys within the CTA: as now there would be no routine immigration controls on journeys from within the CTA to the UK. If you are an Irish citizen you would continue to have the right to enter and remain in the UK, as now. You are not required to do anything to protect your status.”

Now onto competition (1:22 p.m.)

Merger review and anti-competitive activity if there’s no Brexit deal:

Businesses face dual merger reviews and antitrust investigations by U.K. and EU antitrust authorities, the government warns. Most firms "will not need to take any action except to continue to comply as normal" with competition rules that continue to apply in both jurisdictions.

Companies planning a merger in the run up to March 2019 should seek "early engagement" with the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission who could advise whether they will need to file to both authorities.

The EU will still be able to investigate U.K. firms if they do something that distorts competition in the bloc. Victims of cartels seeking damages in the U.K. courts will be able to do so as a foreign tort decision but may need to make parallel claims in the U.K. and in courts of an EU state.

What happens to your driving license? (1:18 pm.)

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This could be alarming if you plan to drive to France: "Your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.”

More: “If you move to another EU country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the UK has left the EU... If there is no deal with the EU, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU.”

And also: “If there is no deal with the EU, you may need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the EU. An IDP is a document which when carried with your driving licence means you would be able to drive outside of the UK including in EU countries. There are different types of IDP. Which one you need depends on which country you are driving in.”

On to satellites and Galileo (1:15 p.m.)

Satellites and space programmes if there’s no Brexit deal: “UK-based businesses, academics and researchers will be unable to bid for future EU Global Navigation Satellite System contracts and may face difficulty carrying out and completing existing contracts. For example, it may not be possible for businesses or organisations which currently host Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay ground infrastructure to continue to do so.”

Here is some details on passports (1:11 p.m.)

Travelling to the EU with a UK pasport if there’s no Brexit deal: “Passports printed between 30 March 2019 up until the introduction of the new passport design will be burgundy but will not include the words ‘European Union’. Blue passports will start being issued from late 2019.”

British citizens will have to keep a closer eye on when their passports expire. In a no-deal Brexit, Britons will have to have six months left on their passports to travel to the passport-free Schengen area.

And they’ve landed! (1:06 p.m.)

The documents are beginning to drop in various places. Click here. We’ll start teasing out the news in separate sections.

No Deal Means More Red Tape (12:50 p.m)

The U.K. will introduce a new conformity marking for British-made products to show they conform with government standards, a person familiar with the no-deal papers says. That’s in addition to the European Union’s existing CE marking they currently need for products destined for EU markets. It’s more evidence for those who argue that even though leaving the EU was supposed to unshackle Britain from the Brussels bureaucracy, it could mean more red tape.


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