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Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL11884, tabled on 28 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their objectives contained in the Draft Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union include continued mutual recognition of (1) driving licences, and (2) the disabled persons Blue Badge scheme.

Answered on

13 December 2018

We have now agreed in principle a draft Withdrawal Agreement with the other 27 EU nations. To ensure that citizens and businesses in the UK and across the EU can plan for life after our withdrawal with confidence, this sets out the terms of an implementation period during which EU citizens and UK nationals will be able to continue to drive in each territory as they do now.

The Political Declaration on the Framework for the Future Relationship between the EU and the UK Government was published on 22 November. It sets out that the UK and EU should consider arrangements to address travel by private motorists in our future negotiations. We intend that this will cover the both the recognition of driving licences as well as the Blue Badge scheme. We believe it is in the interests of both sides to conclude an agreement covering these arrangements.