The entire thing, the application, the status and the many empty promises made and reneged on, it means zilch.
We’re still vermin.
Previously, at least one person was blocked from boarding a flight for the same reason as why the people in the above article in The Guardian ran into hurdles.
Now look into this first (PDF, opens in new window): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/249250/Factsheet_11_-_Driving_Licences.pdf
Then read this post: https://angelinasouren.com/2020/09/26/dear-dvla-where-is-my-driving-licence/