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No-Deal Brexit Could Mean Millions Of Brits Living In Europe Might Have To Retake Their Driving Tests

No-Deal Brexit Could Mean Millions Of Brits Living In Europe Might Have To Retake Their Driving Tests

Brits living in Europe have been told to switch their driving licence to a local one ASAP or they could end up having to take a new test.

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As many as one million ex-pats living across the channel could have to pass another driving test if there is a no deal Brexit.

Advice from the Department for Transport, today, says people living abroad need to get hold of a local driving permit if they want to carry on driving while out there.

The government has said: "If you are a UK licence holder living in the EU or EEA you should exchange your UK driving licence for a local EU driving licence before 29 March 2019.

"From that date, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, you may have to pass a driving test in the EU country you live in to be able to carry on driving there."

They also warned: "You should consider exchanging your UK driving licence for an EU driving licence as soon as possible. Increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to 29 March 2019."

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Brits living abroad have been advised to switch over their UK licence to a local permit. Credit: PA
Brits living abroad have been advised to switch over their UK licence to a local permit. Credit: PA

Should the UK actually leave the EU with no deal, tourists looking to get behind the wheel will have to fork out £5.50 for a driving permit when holidaying on the continent.

President of the Automobile Association, Edmund King, said: "Thousands of expats, many of them elderly, will not relish the prospect of having to retake their driving test in a different country and different language if there is no deal.

"Drivers without the appropriate IDPs could also be turned back at the ports. Currently they could obtain an IDP from the AA shop at the Eurotunnel port, but that won't be allowed after the end of this month."

But it's not just driving that could affected by Brexit, oh no, that trip you've got planned to Ibiza 2019 could be down the swanny.

Last week Labour's Daniel Zeichner raised the issue of holiday travel and business in Parliament during Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport questions today.

He said: "I have a major internet-based hotel and travel booking company in my constituency and, in the absence of an adequacy deal, they will have to strike 72,000 separate contractual agreements with hotels across Europe.

"Does the minister understand if Brexit means Brexit, no deal means no holidays?"

The Government's DCMS secretary, Jeremy Wright, moved to quell the fear, saying: "I think that's ever so slightly on the alarmist side.

"What I would say to him is it's important for us all to bear in mind that the starting point here is that we can comply with all the data adequacy measures that the EU requires.

"We have implemented the GDPR and we are therefore in a very good position as we begin these discussions; we can, therefore, be optimistic about their outcome."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, Interesting, brexit

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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