Bad news for mobile phone users around the Northern Irish border

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Bad news for mobile phone users around the Northern Irish border

Bad news for mobile phone users around the Northern Irish border

There could be bad news for anyone working or living near the border with Northern Ireland as UK Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will not be part of the European Union's Digital Single Market once the Brexit process has been completed.

This would mean that the abolition of mobile roaming fees and other cross-border digital benefits will be removed and there could be a return of roaming charges for using your mobile in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Speaking last week, May confirmed this news. 

"On digital, the UK will not be part of the EU’s Digital Single Market, which will continue to develop after our withdrawal from the EU. This is a fast evolving, innovative sector, in which the UK is a world leader. So it will be particularly important to have domestic flexibility, to ensure the regulatory environment can always respond nimbly and ambitiously to new developments."

The recently introduced ban on mobile roaming charges allows users across the EU to use their mobile call and data allowances in any other EU nation without additional charges, while out-of-allowance usage is charged as though they were in their home nation.