THE EU flag has been taken off British driving licences and car number plates and replaced with the Union Jack.
But motorists will still be able to use the new-look document to drive on the continent.Number plates carrying the EU flag will soon be a thing of the past
Scare stories that UK licences would become invalid after Brexit have been nailed as a myth.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has struck a deal with the 27 EU states to avoid the need to obtain a £5.50 international driving permit.
Holidaymakers will also be able to drive their cars in Europe if it has the new reg plate with the Union Jack and GB on it.
While existing licences and reg plates will still be valid, the new versions — which mark a year since Brexit — will be issued to everyone renewing a licence or getting their first one.
Mr Shapps told The Sun on Sunday: “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.”Brits can now look forward to number plates with the Union Jack on them
British motorists taking their cars to EU countries will need a so-called green card from their insurers as proof of cover before driving abroad.
Motorists can choose a number plate without the new British flag — but will need to display a GB sticker if taking the car into Europe.
Mr Shapps dismissed anti-Brexit scaremongers who predicted mayhem for those who drive abroad, saying: “Like the 40-mile queues of lorries, it has failed to materialise.”
The new designs coincide with a number of agreements recently made between the UK and member states for British drivers, making it easy for Brits to drive in the EU when existing restrictions end.
In return the 27 EU states plus Norway and Switzerland can come into Britain as long as they have identifying plates and a valid licence from their own country.
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