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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 115

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The good, the bad and the ugly So we have a new deal, and after the Letwin amendment successfully passed the Commons by a majority of 16 we have a little bit more time to scrutinise what the new Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration mean for transport. As always, these are my own views, but for transport I would argue it is good, bad and ugly. The Good: the deal ends the uncertainty, at least…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 114

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This is it, last chance saloon for a deal on Brexit unless it isn’t (see last few years for evidence). Deal or no deal, we are still in the easier part of this Brexit process. Far from being the end of the process, as depicted in the media at times, this is just the beginning as the departure discussions will roll into future relationship discussions. As we have seen from the divorce negotiations, it has been…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 113

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week the UK Government sent its new proposals for resolving the Irish border issue, portrayed as the last obstacle in the way of a Brexit deal. The new proposals propose two borders, a customs one between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and a regulatory one between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Importantly, the new proposals scrap the level playing field commitments made under the Theresa May government covering areas such as taxation, environmental protection, labour standards,…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 112

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This week, the European Parliament begins its hearings for the European Commissioner-designate in what is bound to be a series of lively affairs as the European Parliament seeks to shape both the look and programme of the future European Commission.  Meanwhile, the TRAN Committee last week voted to open into inter-institutional negotiations on 14 of 16 work in progress files. Some of these files included ‘Common rules for the allocation of slots at European Union airports’,…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 111

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This week the world’s focus shifts to New York City for the UN Climate Action Summit, which will seek to set ambitious climate objectives ahead of COP25 in Chile in December. This happens a week before the European Parliament hearings for the European Commissioners-designate who will undoubtedly be drawn on climate objectives, including Rovana Plumb the Transport Commissioner-designate. We will be bringing you an analysis of that hearing, but we already know that she is facing an…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 110

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week the European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her European Commission team. Among them, she has selected Romanian Rovana Plumb as Transport Commissioner-designate. As previously mentioned, transport will have an increased climate focus and this has materialised with transport falling under the purview of Frans Timmermans who is both the Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal and Commissioner-designate for Climate Action. Rovana Plumb, from the Socialist Party of Romania, will have…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 109

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  As Parliament prepares to be prorogued in the UK tonight, Brussels prepares for European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to announce her European Commission team. Following this, hearings will be set for these nominees in the European Parliament. These hearings will further allow us to glean new insights into the direction of EU policymaking for the years ahead. As previously stated here in previous editions, the climate change debate will be firmly at transport’s doorstep…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 108

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Business resumes this week in Brussels with the European Commission, European Parliament and Council all back with meetings. Political headlines churned throughout the summer, with the main stories revolving around the trials and tribulations facing von der Leyen as she creates her new European Commission. We do not yet know what this new Commission will look like nor who will have the Transport portfolio. What we do know for certain, is that while the European Commission…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS No Deal Brexit Special

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  With all signs pointing towards a No Deal Brexit being the most likely outcome, we have decided to dedicate this update towards exploring what a No Deal Brexit would mean for the UK transport sector. We will focus primarily on what the EU has done to prepare for a No Deal Brexit as an indication to the level of access and connectivity that UK transport will have to the continent after October 31st. If you haven’t already…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 107

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  With our new Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm, we have seen a clear intent to ramp up the messaging and the preparations around a No Deal Brexit. The UK Government has clearly shifted to a more proactive preparatory stance towards No Deal with the Government going as far as streamlining the Whitehall process to ensure adequate preparedness for October 31st. While it is hard to distinguish bluster from fact, it does appear that the…

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