Neil Findlay: No-deal Brexit means travel 'chaos' for Scots
Scottish Labour's Brexit spokesperson, Neil Findlay, has slammed the Conservatives, after documents released by the UK Government show that Scottish tourists could be required to carry multiple driving licences, and renew passports or risk not being allowed to travel to the EU.
According to the documents, although EU nationals will still be able to use European driving licences in the UK, "Your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU. If you move to another EU country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the UK has left the EU.”
The Government's Brexit papers also reveal that any tourists wishing to travel to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit must have longer than six-months' validity left. “If your passport does not meet these criteria you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen-area countries and you should renew your passport before you travel,” the papers state.
“With each passing day the threat of a no-deal Tory Brexit increases with both Theresa May and Ruth Davidson refusing to rule out plunging the country into chaos in a bid to keep their right-wing backbenchers happy." said Findlay.
“Leaving the EU without a deal will plunge our economy into a tailspin and lead to significant disruption in a number of areas. Don’t take my word for it, the UK Government now admit this in their series of papers on what will happen in such an event."
“Scots will be forced to renew ageing passports or face not being permitted to travel to the rest of the European Union from the end of March, causing chaos for tourists ahead of the summer holiday season.
“Those who are allowed to travel to the EU may also need to carry multiple driving licences when moving through the continent."
Findlay also called on the Conservatives to take Britian "back from the cliff edge" of a "disorderly exit" from the European Union.
“This is why Labour has set out six key tests which would ensure any Brexit deal protects workers’ rights, gives the UK the same benefits we enjoy as members of the Single Market and allows for a migration system which works in the interests of the economy.” he said.