Red, white and blue traffic lights: what Brexit means for motorists

1st April 2016


By Flora Pi Lo


A secret document has been found that details the changes Britain’s roads face following the EU referendum in June. has uncovered documents that set out what will happen if the event of a Brexit or if the country remains in Europe.


The British public faces a monumental decision in June and motorists are in for surprises whatever the vote. Although the economic impact of the referendum has been widely debated, motorists can also expect some major changes.


Should Britain vote to remain, the M5 will become an experimental ‘autobahn’ mirroring the roads in Germany with no upper speed limit and all number plates will be fitted with the European flag to reflect a new commitment to Europe.


Britain will also finally join the rest of the continent by driving on the right side of the road and Vauxhall will employ a name change to become Opel, as it is known on the continent.


Police will also be given tougher powers to penalise drivers and allowed to escort motorists to the nearest cashpoint to claim the proceeds of a fine.


If Britain votes to leave the EU, there will still be upheaval to the system. Traffic lights across the country will no longer by red, amber and green – they will be replaced by the more patriotic red, white and blue.


However, when travelling abroad motorists will be hit by a two-tier system for petrol prices, with cars with a British number plate having to pay British prices when travelling the continent.


Cars imported into the country will face higher taxes in order to get people buying British again.


Those who still wish to travel to the continent via car, despite the higher petrol prices, will have to take a special driving test when they enter Europe to ensure they can traverse the continent safely.


Matthew Lloyd, motoring expert, said: ‘With the news so focused on whether Brexit will be good or bad for the British economy, what it means for the motorists of Great Britain has steered under the radar so far. Whether Britain stays in the EU or leaves, motorists could see substantial changes to the way they get around the UK.’

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