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Brexit in a no deal form – where the UK would leave the EU with no specific plans in place of how to go forward – will not impact Eurostar services, it has been announced. French bosses of the transport network, which connects London and Ashford in the UK to cities in Paris, Brussels and beyond, did conceed there would be “details” to iron out after March 29, 2019. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has delayed a vote on her Brexit divorce deal until March. Therefore the prospect of a Brexit deal or no deal – or an extension to Article 50 sparking a delay of Brexit overall – are still possible.

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Despite the threat of a no deal Brexit sending the pound to euro exchange rate plummeting, and sparking concerns over the validity of millions of UK passports, it appears the Eurostar service will not be touched.

Guillaume Pepy, head of France’s SNCF railway company reassured passengers on the high speed railway in a statement to French media.

He said the “fundamentals” would remain the same despite “details” to be ironed out.

He said: “Things are now very, very concrete so that, whatever the (exit) scenario, Eurostar will be able to travel correctly.

We are well aware that the devil will be in the details so we are working on the details.

“Then, in concrete terms, we shall have to see how things are organised at Gare du Nord (in Paris) and Saint Pancras (in London) regarding identity and customs checks.”

Brexit news: Eurostar bosses say the service will not be impacted by Brexit (Image: Getty)

Mr Pepy’s reassurances came less than a week after the UK’s Department for Transport warned of huge queues at London’s St Pancras, the capital’s terminal for Eurostar services, in the case of a no deal.

It forecast a vast amount of passenger disruption with a total of 15,000 people every day left disrupted outside the station.

Meanwhile, Brexit negotiations are ongoing, with Mrs May’s latest vote in the House of Commons today.

The opposition Labour party have tabled their own official amendment to the PM’s motion tonight.

It details the party’s five demands for a Brexit deal, which includes a permanent customs deal with the EU.

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Meanwhile, the opposite reaction was sparked in the case of a no deal effect on passports.

The latest Government regulations mean holidaymakers may need to have more than 15 months valid on their passport before they travel.

Last year, it issued information about the changing requirements for entry to Schengen states.

The advice said that you should have at least six months left on your passport before you travel, with millions of UK passports now under threat of becoming invalid.

It says: “If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.”


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