The Government has removed the EU flag from all UK driving licences and number plate designs as the first anniversary of Brexit passes.

Existing licences and number plates are still valid, but the new versions will be issued to everyone renewing a licence or getting one for the first time, gradually phasing out the older style.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps spoke on the matter, saying: “Changing the designs of our driving licences and number plates is a historic moment for British motorists, and a reassertion of our independence from the EU one year on from our departure.

“Looking to the future, whether it’s for work or for holidays abroad, these changes mean that those who want to drive in the EU can continue to do so with ease”.

The new designs coincide with new agreements recently made between the UK and member states for British drivers.

This includes UK drivers who hold photocard licences not requiring an international driving permit to drive in any of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

UK drivers will also not need to display a GB sticker in most EU countries if their number plate has GB or GB with a Union Flag on it.