Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

No-deal Brexit would complicate driving, data and roaming, UK says

No-deal Brexit would complicate driving, data and roaming, UK says

A more surprising casualty of a no-deal Brexit, considering the United Kingdom plans to remain in the European Space Agency (ESA), is work on the Copernicus Earth monitoring programme.

And the government is proposing to cap any data charges at £45 a month.

It forecast that the UK Department for Transport would have to boost its working ranks by more than 60% to deal with all the Brexit changes.

This in turn means that manufacturers will have less incentive to sell EVs in Britain, according to Government documents discussing the impacts of a no-deal exit from the EU.

Raab said it may take time to work out how much Britain would need to pay if London and Brussels failed to reach agreement on Britain's exit from the EU.

Regarding the EU Earth observation programme Copernicus, the papers said that in a no-deal scenario, the United Kingdom will no longer be able to participate in it or have a role in how it is run.

Raab has said that the no-deal plans were "not something we want to have to implement".

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The report revealed driving licences could be rendered invalid, meaning Brits would be forced to buy global travel permits before visiting the continent.

He said that while there were still issues which needed to be resolved, discussions were taking place in the "right spirit" and that they would have further talks after European Union leaders meet next week for an informal summit in Salzburg.

If EVs sold in Britain are not counted as part of EU targets, suggest the documents, this could force manufacturers to shift sales to other European countries.

Ever since the shock 2016 Brexit vote, major companies have been planning for Brexit, but chief executives say the scale of disruption from a disorderly Brexit is such that it is hard to prepare for.

The move could impact the 2.6 million private motorists and HGV drivers who head to European Union countries each year and would mean drivers may need to get one of two different types of IDP - depending on the country - or may even need both if travelling across borders. With just over six months to secure logistical plans for the transport of goods to and from the United Kingdom, many worry that delays offer a credible threat to the UK's supply chain.

They also claimed the British government could be forced to depend on the United States for asteroid warnings - as the UK will be booted out of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking programme.

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