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

No-deal frenzy in the media was also fuel by a "worse case scenario" warning from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.

After March 29, 2019 - when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union - drivers may be required to use an global driving permit (IDP) in Europe, as is now required when driving in some countries outside of the continent.

Less clear, however, is what will happen on the free flow of data.

Carney was later accused of spread doom, with former Brexit minister David Jones, telling the Daily Telegraph: "The fact is that the economy has defied the predictions of many Remainers and is doing well, with record levels of employment".

'However, we believe the prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without any agreement has risen materially.' The Prime Minister stepped up efforts to brace Britain for no-deal Brexit today with warnings that millions of people could need new driving permits and passports to travel to the EU.

In an interview with BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, the Brexit secretary said the government was trying to give the "reassurance that consumers need" on the issue of mobile phone roaming charges but admitted that European operators could pass on charges.

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Even existing EU type approvals would have to be converted to United Kingdom approvals, although the government has confirmed that it would issue "provisional" approvals to manufacturers that already have European type approvals.

For the public, Thursday's notices covered more mundane issues; the government said British drivers might need to obtain an global driving permit to drive in the EU.

"The main change for businesses will be that, in some cases, mergers that now meet the relevant EU thresholds will be reviewed by both the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission", the government said.

The Co-Operative, Britain's sixth-largest supermarket group, said it could not guarantee shortages of some food products would be avoided in the event of a no-deal Brexit. "So I think it needs to be ruled out".

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn said: "Efforts on all sides should be geared towards securing the withdrawal agreement to protect the transition period".

The government says the current process for getting one type of permit over the counter at the 90 post offices it is available at "takes around five minutes on a turn-up-and-go basis".

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