EU Flag Removed From Number Plates And Licences

Wed 3rd Feb 2021

The impact of Brexit has made an immediate impact on the look of all new cars in the UK after the Department of Transport revealed that the European Union flag will be removed from all new British driving licences and number plates.

The news comes on the first anniversary of the Brexit agreement and is described as a ‘new chapter’ for the UK in a statement released by the Government.

“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,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

“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.”

While the changes may look purely cosmetic, they will actually have some practical uses, and due to an agreement with the 27 EU member states, UK drivers will not need an international driving permit to drive in Europe, and will also not need to have a GB sticker on their car if they have one of the new Union Jack number plates.

The new look licences will be available to anyone who has applied for a licence or number since January 1st.