No-deal Brexit papers: The key points

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The government has published its latest batch of Brexit papers underlining what people and companies should do in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The papers, released on Thursday afternoon, cover key aspects including driving in the EU, mobile phone roaming and Irish citizens. 

Dominic Rabb recently said that the government had been "stepping up no deal preparations so that Britain can continue to flourish, regardless of the outcome of negotiations”.

Read the key points from the recently published papers:



Irish citizens will still retain the right to enter and remain in the UK.

Immigration controls on journeys between Ireland and the UK would remain frictionless, with no routine checks.

Driving in Ireland will now require a 12 month permit which must be renewed every year, failure to do so could result in fines. However, the papers do not mention how this will be regulated.



Drivers visiting European Union countries will need to purchase an international driving permit or face the risk of being turned away at borders.

There will be two types of permits made available depending on which country you’re visiting. They will cost £5.50 and will be available to buy from post offices.

Those people moving to the EU after the 29 March 2019, when the UK leaves the bloc, may have to undertake another driving test.

EU drivers coming to the UK will remain free to drive on British roads and will not require a permit.


Car Industry

All exporters will need to ensure their products adhere to the standards of the EU country they’re shipping to.

Vehicles manufactured in the UK would no longer be valid for EU ‘type approvals’, meaning the car industry could have to adopt a similar EU-type approvals in order to export to the bloc.



Blue passports are expected to be introduced from late 2019, so if you renew your passport between late 2019 and early 2020 you’ll be issued with a blue or burgundy British passport.

Brits planning to travel to the Schengen area after the UK leaves the EU should ensure their passports have longer than six months validity. It is being advised to renew your passport before you travel to the Schengen area in order to be allowed entry.



The government has confirmed that it can no longer be able to guarantee no additional roaming charges for UK customers using their phone in the EU.

They have announced plans to introduce a piece of legislation that would place a £45 cap on the amount phone companies can charge you.

The papers said the availability and pricing of mobile roaming would be a “commercial question” for the mobile phone companies. But it did outline that some companies – Three and Vodafone – have already said they have no plans to change their approach.



The UK will no longer play a part in the development of Galileo or any of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay programmes.

The EU Space Surveillance and Tracking (EUSST) programme would no longer have any affiliation with the UK. The programme warns about risks from orbiting debris and gives any “re-entry warnings”.

In the event of a no-deal the UK would not have any involvement in the development of the programme, but will continue to receive space, surveillance and tracking date from the US.