BRITS have been urged to renew their passports ahead of the Brexit deadline next March – or risk being unable to travel to Europe.
Those with less than a year left until their travel documents expire are advised to renew them as soon as possible.
Experts fear Her Majesty’s Passport Office could face a massive backlog if Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal in March.
It is thought more than two million British passports could be rendered useless in such an event.
Ministers today published a raft of papers which showed the extent to which a no-deal Brexit could hurt the UK.
The report revealed driving licences could be rendered invalid, meaning Brits would be forced to buy international travel permits before visiting the continent.
And those wanting to emigrate to Europe could be forced to switch their licence – possibly by taking another test.
The documents also said Britain’s new blue passports would be rolled out late next year.
They also claimed the British government could be forced to depend on the US for asteroid warnings – as the UK will be booted out of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking programme.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer rubbished today’s announcements, saying: “The only reason the Government is talking about No Deal is because the Tory civil war on Europe prevents the Prime Minister from negotiating a good deal.”
Speaking before the plans were published, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab warned rebel MPs they will have no choice but to back Theresa May – or risk Brexit chaos.
He told the BBC’s Today programme: “When push comes to shove it will be a binary choice between the deal we bring back and No Deal, and I think that will focus minds.
“Colleagues will look at the choices they’ve got and they’ve got to be responsible for that.”
The news comes as France revealed it may turn back Eurostar trains coming from Britain post-Brexit.
French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau said action was needed to prevent “chaos” following a no-deal break.
Downing Street sought to play down her remarks, saying preparations were in hand to deal with “all possible scenarios” after Britain leaves the EU on March 29 2019.
“It is in everybody’s interests for that not to happen,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.