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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 122

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  To be, or not to be, that is the question. To be aligned with EU regulations or to diverge after Brexit, that is the question we must all answer, after the UK Chancellor declared last Friday in the FT that  “There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule-taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end of…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 121

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Happy New Year! Best wishes to you from our UKTiE team ahead of what promises to be quite the year ahead. As business begins to resume in Brussels for the new year, this week presents a veritable ‘calm before the storm’ feeling with the EU institutions preparing a host of legislative actions over the coming months. The Commission Work Programme for 2020, expected at the end of this month, will outline in greater detail what this…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 120

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Despite wall to wall analysis of the historic UK election result over the past few days, few have discussed what does Boris Johnson’s 80 seat majority mean for Brexit & transport? I think there are four things that are pretty much certain now. Four questions we as an industry need to answer. And one for the new Government. Firstly, the UK Parliament will rubber stamp the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration unamended, and the UK will…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 119

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  After a busy last two weeks, we finally have a new European Commission and a new Transport Commissioner. Following last week’s successful confirmation vote in the European Parliament, the new European Commission officially took office yesterday. With a lot of ambitious promises to keep and a tight timeframe to maintain, the new Commission will look to hit the ground running. We could see the framework of one of its biggest legislative endeavors emerge as early as next…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 118

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Here in Brussels the big development last week was the successful hearing in front of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament for Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner-designate for Transport.  She outlined her strategy for her 5  year term in office. She struck a pragmatic approach during the hearing, and indicated she won’t be afraid to champion the transport industry. During her introductory speech she declared that the right to move freely is highly valued by…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 117

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  December 12th, mark your calendars as the UK heads into (yet another) General Election. This election promises much, both in terms of clarity on Brexit and moving beyond the new norm of uncertainty that has prevailed over UK politics since the Brexit referendum. However, this is exactly what we believed would happen in 2017. One of the most likely outcomes will be an increasingly polarised Parliament, one that sees the Brexit ‘middle-grounders’ struggle to keep their seats.…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 116

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  ‘Tis the season to be voting Following last night’s ill-fated attempt to secure an election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, today the Government will seek to secure one with a one-line bill, amending the Fixed Term Parliament Act, proposing an election date of December 12th. The opposition is pushing for December 9th, and in all likelihood a compromise option between the two should be agreed today and off to the races we go for an…

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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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