On Monday 30th November 2020, the government announced that as a result of Brexit, number plates with GB EU flags can no longer be fitted to vehicles from 1st January 2021. Existing GB EU plates can continue but must also show a GB oval overseas travel.
After 31st December 2020, the UK’s Brexit transition period with the EU comes to an end. As a result, GB EU number plates (as shown below) will no longer be permitted to be fitted to vehicles from 1st January 2021.
WHAT HAS CHANGED LEGALLY?
In legislation terms, the amended Statutory Instrument (Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020) confirms that GB EU flags are only permitted during the UK’s membership of the EU i.e. before the end of the Brexit transition period.
WHEN WAS THE NEW LEGISLATION PASSED?
The Statutory Instrument was passed by Parliament on Monday 30th November 2020, to be effective from 1st January 2021.
CAN I STILL DISPLAY MY EXISTING GB EU FLAG PLATE AFTER 1ST JANUARY 2021?
There is no need to remove your existing GB EU flag plate, providing it was/is fitted before 1st January 2021.
However, if you intend to travel to the EU in your vehicle, you will need to also display a GB oval.
WHEN WILL THE CHANGES TO GB EU FLAGS BE EFFECTIVE?
Immediately after the end of the Brexit transition period: 1st January 2021.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHANGES?
View the full amended Statutory Instrument on number plates here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1363/made
View the UK government’s general Brexit transition guidance: https://www.gov.uk/transition