No-deal Brexit could see Brits in EU lose access to UK bank accounts

The British government released a list of 25 'technical notices' on Thursday, revealing that Brits living in the European Union could lose access to their UK bank accounts in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

No-deal Brexit could see Brits in EU lose access to UK bank accounts
Pro-EU demonstrators hold placards and wave European Union flags during an anti-Brexit protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photo: AFP

The list of 'technical notices' released by the British government on Thursday aims to prepare businesses and the public for a no-deal Brexit. 

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab gave a speech on planning for a no-deal Brexit after his recent trip to Brussels to meet with European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier for a further round of talks.

Raab warned that British citizens living abroad could lose access to their bank accounts.

Customers of UK banks living in the EU “may lose the ability to access lending and deposit services, and insurance contracts”, the paper says.

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and Britain's Secretary of State for exiting the European Union Dominic Raab (L). Photo: AFP

Meanwhile, consumers buying products from the EU would face slower and more expensive credit card payments, and businesses were told that in the event of a no-deal “the free circulation of goods between the UK and EU would cease”.

The Brexit Secretary said that though he was “confident a good deal is within our sights” and that “it was still the most likely outcome”, it was nonetheless necessary “to consider the alternative”. 

These 25 notices are the first of 80 to be released over the summer which will outline what will happen in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU in March 2019. 

British expats living in Spain, France and Italy recently launched a legal challenge against the 2016 referendum, arguing Leave campaign broke electoral laws, therefore making the Brexit vote unconstitutional.
The legal challenge was presented by pro-EU advocacy group “UK in EU Challenge”, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

British expats in EU launch Brexit legal dispute

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Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

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The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.