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Valid insurance disc will enable southerners to drive in UK

Vehicles registered in the Republic will require only a valid insurance disc to drive in Northern Ireland

VEHICLES registered in the Republic will require only a valid insurance disc to drive in Northern Ireland and Britain in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The arrangements have been confirmed by the British Department of Transport after it held detailed discussions with the Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland (Mibi).

Ahead of March's original Brexit withdrawal date, the insurers' body had cautioned that a Green Card – an internationally recognised insurance document – would be required for all vehicles registered in the Republic and planning to travel north of the border or to Britain.

Mibi chief executive David Fitzgerald said the development was positive news and a relief for anybody who needs to travel to the UK.

"Valid Irish insurance discs will now serve the same purpose as Green Cards," he said.

"Effectively that negates the need for additional documentation for any Irish-registered vehicles travelling to the UK, including Northern Ireland, in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit."

Mibi said that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Green Cards would still be needed for UK-registered vehicles visiting other EU countries, including the Republic of Ireland.

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