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UK Relations with EU

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL2421, tabled on 10 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government under which part of The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations (CP211), published in February, and in which group of the Terms of Reference on the UK–EU future relationship negotiations, published on 28 February, they intend to seek mutual recognition between the UK and EU member states on (1) the European Health Insurance Card, (2) drivers' licences, and (3) disabled blue badges.

Answered on

23 March 2020

As set out on 28 February in Annex A of the Terms of Reference on the UK–EU future relationship negotiation, 11 negotiating groups have been established.

The arrangements relating to future healthcare cooperation will be discussed in the group entitled ‘Mobility and Social Security Coordination’ including those that provide temporary healthcare cover for tourists, short-term business visitors and service providers.

The transport arrangements set out in the UK’s Approach to Negotiations will be covered in the ‘Transport’ group. Driving licences are a member state competence and we intend to conclude bilateral agreements to secure recognition of UK licences for visiting drivers (commercial and private) as well as exchange for UK licence holders who relocate to the EU.

Reciprocal recognition of blue badges operates across the EU on the basis of goodwill between member states. We’ve asked UK local authorities to continue to recognise EU blue badges and we hope that member states will do the same.

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Cabinet Office