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GB sticker will be `required' on Northern Ireland cars in Republic after Brexit

The new directive claims this is now a requirement for vehicles travelling in any EU country

Sinn Féin has reacted with anger to the suggestion that Northern Ireland-registered cars will have to display a GB sticker in the Republic after Brexit.

Motorists from all parts of the UK have previously been advised to display the oval containing the letters GB (Great Britain), but a new government directive says this is now a requirement for vehicles travelling in any EU country.

Despite the name Great Britain referring specifically to England, Scotland and Wales, as part of the UK, Northern Ireland vehicles will also be subject to the directive.

It is to be displayed at the back of the vehicle.

The directive has angered nationalists in Northern Ireland, with some saying on social media they will not follow the rule.

West Belfast Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey took to Twitter to declare: "I'm Irish, my car is French and there will definitely be NO `GB' sticker going on my car."

While, Sinn Féin senator,Niall O Donnghaile tweeted: "Tell them they can #StickTheirSticker," accompanied by an alternative sticker.

Meanwhile, Alliance assembly member Stephen Farry said: "The problem of people devising hare-brained solutions in a basement in Whitehall without any knowledge or sensitivity to the particular circumstances in Northern Ireland, or indeed nature of the United Kingdom of Great Britan and Northern Ireland".

The directive is from the British government, but enforcement would have to come from Gardai.

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