Breaking (Bad) News: Brexit could restrict access to Spotify and Netflix

PUBLISHED: 15:02 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 12 October 2018

Spotify users might have their accounts blocked when outside the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit
Photo: PA / Andrew Matthews

Spotify users might have their accounts blocked when outside the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit Photo: PA / Andrew Matthews

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A no-deal Brexit could see Britons banned from Netflix and Spotify.

The popular music and film streaming websites could stop users from logging on to their accounts while travelling in the EU according to new papers released by the government.

It means lovers of cult shows including Stranger Things, The Crown and Breaking Bad will be blacked out when abroad.

The papers – which predict the impact of a no-deal Brexit – also stat that the UK will lose free trade agreements with more than 70 non-EU countries around the world if it leaves without a deal.

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The countries – which account for 12% of the UK’s total trade – are covered by around 40 EU free trade agreements delivering preferential tariffs and enhanced market access.

In a document on the implications of failure to reach agreement on an orderly withdrawal, the Department for International Trade (DIT) said: “In the event of no deal, EU trade agreements will cease to apply to the UK when we leave the EU.”

The document was one of 29 technical papers released by Government departments, in the final tranche of guidance on preparations for a no-deal Brexit. A total of 104 such papers have now been released.

New guidance covers areas ranging from the regulation of pesticides, trading in electricity, rail transport and the trade in rough diamonds.

DIT said that, in its preparations for Brexit, it is seeking to forge new bilateral deals with the 70 countries which are “identical or substantially the same” as the EU agreements which Britain is giving up.

But it warned companies that, even if such deals can be reached, there may be “practical changes” to the way trade takes place, depending on discussions with each individual country.

And it confirmed that if these are not in place in time for a no-deal Brexit, exports and imports to these countries will become subject to tariffs under World Trade Organisation rules.

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