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24th Sep 2018

No-deal Brexit could end UK-EU flights, government says

James Dawson

Planes will be grounded if the UK leaves on World Trade Organization terms

Flights between the UK and other European Union countries could end if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal, the government has admitted.

Flying rights to and from and within the European Union are currently covered by EU-wide “Open Skies” agreements, as are flights between the United States and Britain. However these agreements are brought into jeopardy by Britain’s withdrawal.

“If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission,” the government said.

It follows news that data roaming charges could also come back if there’s a no deal Brexit. Vodafone, O2 and Three have promised not to re-introduce fees but other operators would be free to bring back the charges.

Another document released last week warned that your driving licence may no longer be valid in the EU if there is no Brexit deal. This would mean drivers could be required to obtain an International Driving Permit before they can drive (on the other side of the road) on the continent.

“If you move to another EU country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the UK has left the EU,” it warned.