United Kingdom 'closing in' on Brexit deal with Brussels, suggests Raab


"The UK does not require visiting motorists ... to hold a separate IDP to guarantee the recognition of their driving licence", the government document states.

"To avoid your British passport not complying with the Schengen Border Code we suggest that you check the issue date and make sure your passport is no older than 9 years and 6 months on the day of travel", the government warns.

He also said there must be a "shift across the board in the EU's approach" on the issue of Northern Ireland: "They will have to meet us halfway. if they meet the ambition, the pragmatism we've shown through our White Paper proposals then I'm confident we can get a good deal for this country, but also for the European Union". The IDPs will cost £5.50 and be available from February 1.

- Holders of legal firearms face additional bureaucracy if they want to take them to EU countries, because the European Firearms Pass would no longer be available to United Kingdom citizens.

Meanwhile, the UK's traditional blue passports - much beloved by some Brexiteers - will start being issued from late 2019, the government states.

And as many have also predicted the government is warning that mobile phone roaming charges for Brits who travel to the European Union could soar from March 2019 if there's a no-deal Brexit.

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The Musicians' Union is the latest organisation to formally come out in favour of a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated (or not) by the United Kingdom government.

Mr Raab said that two mobile operators had agreed to keep free data roaming.

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.

Speaking ahead of the publications Raab said: "With six months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we are stepping up our 'no deal" preparations so that Britain can continue to flourish, regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

Currently, mergers which meet EU turnover thresholds and many cases of anti-competitive conduct which affect the United Kingdom are handled by the European Commission, with remaining cases handled by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) or sector regulators in the United Kingdom, such as Ofcom. However, it said that the government would legislate to ensure that the requirement on mobile operators to impose financial limits on mobile data usage whilst overseas is retained in United Kingdom law.