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EU flag removed from new-style driving licences and number plates

The EU flag has now been removed from future driving licences and number plates in the UK, marking the first anniversary of Brexit.

To mark the first anniversary of Brexit, the Government has unveiled new designs for driving licences and number plates without the EU flag

Although existing licences and number plates will still be valid, the new versions will be issued from now on. In the case of licences, the new-style ones will be issued to everyone renewing a licence or getting one for the first time.

The new designs have been revealed as the Government announces that new agreements with EU member states mean UK drivers who hold photocard licences will not need an international driving permit to drive in any of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. This had previously posed some concerns under Brexit.

In addition, UK drivers won’t need to display a GB sticker in most EU countries if their number plate has GB or GB with a Union Flag on it.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Changing the designs of our driving licences and number plates is a historic moment for British motorists, and a reassertion of our independence from the EU one year on from our departure. Looking to the future, whether it’s for work or for holidays abroad, these changes mean that those who want to drive in the EU can continue to do so with ease.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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