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BBC ‘prepares for no deal Brexit’

Allows the corporation to continue broadcasting in Europe in the event of no deal Brexit

The BBC is reportedly moving some broadcast licences to the Netherlands ahead of a no-deal Brexit.

According to Bloomberg, the BBC joins Discovery, Viacom and NBC Universal in relocating licences, which would be invalidated without a withdrawal agreement in place.

The licences relate to the BBC’s commercial arm that broadcasts the likes of Doctor Who and EastEnders into other EU countries. The licences will no longer be valid if Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

A BBC spokesman said: “As an international broadcaster operating a number of commercial channels in the EU we are ensuring the necessary arrangements are in place to continue operating those channels in any changed regulatory environment.”

EU rules state that broadcasters require a head office, a significant part of their workforce or a satellite uplink in the country to qualify for a licence there.