13/09/2018

Motorists Could Require Driving Permits Following No-Deal Brexit

Motorists travelling across the Irish border may require an International Driving Permit (IDP) in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In its latest guidance, the UK Government said if no deal is reached before the March 2019 deadline, "your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU".

"You may be turned away at the border or face other enforcement action, for example fines, if you don't have the correct IDP," the publication states.

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson, said the admission "shows the ludicrousness of the Tory Brexit agenda".
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"It also begs the question of how this will be enforced and raises legitimate concerns over lengthy border delays if permits are to be checked," she said.

"Such a development would be disastrous for businesses, particularly small businesses in border areas, and could have huge implications for the tourism and service industries north and south. The papers also show that important EU funding streams for agriculture, infrastructure and energy will come to an end, as well as access to EU study programmes, with some ending as soon as Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 if there is no deal.

"In all, there is nothing to allay anyone's fears over Brexit in these papers. Instead it adds to the uncertainty with the only thing we do know for sure is that Tory Brexiteers do not care about the north and never did."

(LM/CM)

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