German carmakers like Audi, Mercedes, BMW and VW will only sell left-hand drive cars in the UK from next month.
The move is a further snub to Britain by leading EU member states, furious about Brexit and our brilliant response to the vaccine rollout.
Furious German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered the ban of right-hand-drive car exports, and it is expected other European leaders will follow suit.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who hates Britain, will likely ban Renault, Peugeot and Citroen from selling right-hand-drive cars in the UK soon.
While some British drivers will still buy a German car that is left-hand drive, most will now turn to friendly vehicle makers like Ford, Vauxhall and the Japanese giants Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Or they will keep their existing right-hand models for looking, shopping on Amazon for spare parts like these.
Lorraine Fisher, 34, of the Institute of Car Retailers, said: “This is a big deal. Germany is effectively sticking two fingers up at its biggest export market.
“Brit drivers will not be forced to drive left-hand vehicles. Their great-grandfathers fought in World War Two for the right to drive on a different side of the road to the rest of the world. Apart from Australia.
“Ford and Vauxhall are gearing up for a huge surge in sales as a result.
“We’re sure the Germans and French will have a change of heart once they realise the Brits will not be told how to think or what to do.”
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