Radio campaign aims to prepare Brits and EU nationals for life after Brexit

Wednesday 9th January 2019 17:30 GMT

Each of the 30-second adverts produced for the Department for Exiting the European Union features people asking questions about what the future holds and how their lives will be affected.

The voices - featuring a variety of regional and European accents - are played out over a railway station-style tannoy.

Among the queries are whether passports need to be renewed early, if mobile roaming and travel arrangements will change, and what might happen to EU citizens living in the UK.

Each clip - which are being broadcast on commercial radio stations across the country - ends with listeners being pointed towards the government website to find the answers they seek.

"You might also have questions about how leaving the EU on the 29 March will affect you," the voice-over says.

"Find guidance and up to date information at gov.uk/euexit."

A dedicated page - titled "Prepare For EU Exit" - is broken down to offer specific advice to businesses, individuals, UK nationals living in the EU and vice-versa.

The campaign has been launched amid a flurry of Brexit defeats for Theresa May in the House of Commons, with the prime minister now forced to reveal her Plan B sooner if her deal is voted down by MPs next week.

Her agreement with Brussels is widely expected to be rejected when it goes before parliament next Tuesday - just 10 weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March.

On Tuesday, a majority of MPs sent a powerful signal that they will not accept a "no-deal" Brexit thanks to 20 Tories who rebelled on the Finance Bill - the first reverse for a government on such legislation since 1978.

The government has ramped up preparations for crashing out of the bloc without a deal in recent weeks.

Lorries descended on a disused airfield in Kent to trial what might happen if there is disruption at the border, and a company that does not own any ships was given a £14m contract to run ferries for additional freight crossings.

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