Net­flix and Spo­tify blocked for tourists in no-deal Brexit out­come

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

BRI­TISH TRAV­ELLERS head­ing to the Euro­pean Union could be blocked from us­ing their Net­flix and Spo­tify accounts un­der a nodeal Brexit, the Gov­ern­ment has said.

On­line sports, video games and e-books could also be un­avail­able if no with­drawal agree­ment is reached, ac­cord­ing to a raft of no deal tech­ni­cal no­tices re­leased on Fri­day.

Ac­cess to some web­sites and ser­vices like cloud stor­age based in the EU could also be blocked or have lim­ited avail­abil­ity in the UK if Brus­sels laws are stripped away in March, they re­vealed.

The pa­pers also warned that the UK will lose free trade agree­ments with more than 70 nonEU coun­tries around the world if it leaves with­out a deal in March next year.

The coun­tries – which ac­count for 12 per cent of the UK’s to­tal trade – are cov­ered by around 40 EU free trade agree­ments de­liv­er­ing pref­er­en­tial tar­iffs and en­hanced mar­ket ac­cess.

An­other pa­per warned that North­ern Ire­land faces the threat of elec­tric­ity black­outs if Bri­tain leaves the EU with no deal.

Laws which un­der­pin the trade of elec­tric­ity with the Repub­lic of Ire­land would dis­ap­pear, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments re­leased by the Brexit depart­ment.

Ne­go­tia­tors are try­ing to se­cure an agree­ment with Brus­sels that the cur­rent sin­gle elec­tric­ity mar­ket would re­main in­tact even if exit talks col­lapse.

But the Gov­ern­ment warned that, if the pledge was not se­cured, cus­tomers on both sides of the bor­der could be hit.

In an­other doc­u­ment, mean­while, cross-Chan­nel rail pas­sen­gers were told they will be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing their tick­ets are “suf­fi­cient to cover pos­si­ble dis­rup­tion”.

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