UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) calls on Government to publish a position paper on transport to help kick-start negotiations in Brussels.
Yesterday at a meeting in the House of Lords, Mark Watts, Co-ordinator of UK Transport in Europe, made the case for the Government to publish a Brexit position paper on transport to help kick-start the negotiations and secure a Brexit deal for transport.
In Brussels there seems to be little prospect of negotiations on transport commencing any time soon.
The Government have so far published 11 position papers on a diverse range of topics from data protection to customs, but none deal specifically with transport.
Mark Watts said:
‘With just 12 months left to negotiate a Brexit deal for transport it’s vital we begin the negotiations in Brussels soon. A Government position paper on transport, setting out what the UK would like to see from a future relationship, would help kick-start the negotiations and ensure the millions of consumers and businesses across Europe have the certainty they need.’
‘A clear steer from Government would help industry make the case that it is in the interests of both the EU and the UK that we begin negotiations soon with a view to agreeing a transport deal, or at the very least a transitional arrangement, by September next year.’
‘If we don’t begin talks soon we risk a cliff-edge for the transport industry, disruption to the entire supply chain and uncertainty for millions of businesses and consumers.’
- Tony Berkeley, Member of the House of Lords, Chair of Rail Freight Group
- Mark Watts – Co-ordinator of UKTiE
- Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Department of Transport
- Baroness Hayter, Shadow Spokesperson DExEU
- Andrew Haines, CEO – Civil Aviation Authority
- John Thomas, Director of Policy – Rail Delivery Group
- Emma Giddings, Partner – Norton Rose Fulbright
The event took place between 17:00 – 19:00 at the House of Lords, Committee Room G and was hosted by Lord Berkeley.
The views of UKTIE do not necessarily represent the views of individual members.
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