Saturday, 17 November, 2018

United Kingdom govt publishes Brexit advice for telcos, broadcasters

UK will still have to pay Brussels in a no-deal Brexit says Philip Hammond Mobile firms urged to avoid roaming charges in event of no-deal Brexit
Faye Gross | 15 September, 2018, 06:17

Edmund King, president of motoring association AA, said: "This will be an extra burden for United Kingdom drivers wanting to take a holiday overseas". The EU Schengen area consists of all EU and exclusively EEA countries, excluding Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

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. The IDPs will cost £5.50 and be available from February 1.

If a deal is secured, surcharge-free roaming will continue during the transition period but arrangements after that are dependent on the outcome of the negotiations on the Future Economic Partnership.

United Kingdom citizens whose passports were issued before October 2009 have been urged to renew their document "soon" if they plan to travel in Schengen-area countries after Brexit day on March 29 - but they can't have a blue one just yet.

In addition, it is trying to establish whether European organisations involved in partnering arrangements with the United Kingdom will be affects, and the paper warns that United Kingdom based users of Copernicus data may wish to consider the impact on their operations of losing access to anything that is not available under the open data policy.

Tropical Storm Helene to pass near the Azores
While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland. Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico.


Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: "The only reason the government is talking about no-deal is because the Tory civil war on Europe prevents the prime minister from negotiating a good deal".

Erasmus+ students - The UK government will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids before March 29 2019. This could mean the return of higher charges to make and receive calls, texts and mobile data usage when travelling in the EU.

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that key differences remained between the EU and Britain over the future of the Irish border and the EU's system of protecting food names.

The Musicians' Union is the latest organisation to formally come out in favour of a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated (or not) by the United Kingdom government. They have publicly said they wouldn't introduce any roaming fees for United Kingdom consumers travelling on the continent. However, in recent weeks that October deadline has been pushed back until November by the United Kingdom government.

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