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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 70

Mark’s EU Week for Transport ‘Hope for the best, plan for the worst’ is a quote that has many parents but nicely sums up the latest twists and turns of our Brexit saga.  In terms of planning for the worst, the European Commission issued a stark warning note on preparedness for the transport sector (see below) that irrespective of the scenario envisaged, Brexit will cause significant disruption for European citizens, businesses and administrations. It goes on to stress that preparedness is not just…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 69

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Brexit talks are due to recommence in Brussels with UK and EU officials discussing the White Paper and Withdrawal Agreement.  It will be an interesting meeting. The contrast in the reaction to the Chequers agreement and the White Paper on either side of the Channel has been stark. Almost no official comments from the EU, but meltdown in Westminster. Eight MPs in nine days have quit some role or other after Brexit policy was announced, including…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 68

Mark’s EU Week for Transport It would be easy to overlook transport in light of the recent Brexit turbulence but UKTiE has always believed getting the best possible deal for transport is the key to securing the best possible Brexit for Britain and our EU27 partners. Next week’s UKTiE Parliamentary Roundtable on Brexit & transport in the House of Lords will provide a timely opportunity to make the case to Ministers, Shadows, MPs and Peers that we need a clear destination…

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UKTiE Parliamentary Roundtable on Brexit and transport

UKTiE Parliamentary Roundtable on Brexit and transport – Programme The Framework for the UK-EU partnership for transport  Roundtable discussion hosted by Lord Berkeley on Wednesday 18 July at 15:00 in the House of Lords, Committee Room G. It will be followed by a reception at 18:00.  UKTIE have been calling for a UK position paper on transport and Brexit for some time, and so this is an important opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss the Government’s recently published Framework for…

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UK Transport News & Views from Olly, no 67

Olly’s EU week for transport Hello all, Olly Kaye at the helm today, as my colleague Mark takes a break from News & Views this week. Today I’m giving a little more focus on what’s coming up in the EU on transport as we are about to head into the Austrian Presidency who will guide the Council of the European Union until 2019. Before I start on further news & views, a quick re-cap of what’s on in Brussels right now:…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 66

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Whilst the ‘backstop’ debate dominated the Brexit news last week you may be forgiven for missing the future partnership paper for transport published by DExEU, a paper UKTiE has been calling for for almost a year. I’m sure it is something we should all welcome. The position paper is a good start, but we still need much more clarity. Indeed it’s noteworthy not for what is in it, but what is not included. On rail…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 65

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport With the UK Parliament back from recess, Brexit is now firmly back in the saddle and we’re hearing a lot of optimistic noises from DExEU. Nothing wrong with optimism, and the Micawber principle that something good will turn up sometimes holds true. But as a strategy to see us through Brexit and beyond it’s not enough, not least in the transport field where a culture of planning and risk based assessments has quite rightly replaced the early pioneers…

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UKTiE Response to Steve Baker MP

UKTiE has written a response to Steve Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Please find our initial letter here and Steve Baker MP’s response here. Steve Baker MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 9 Downing Street SW1A 2AG 1 June 2018 Dear Steve, Many thanks for your letter of 12 April responding to my letter of 28 February. I very much welcome your recognition of the concerns of the UK transport…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 64

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport I detect the tectonic plates of Brexit are shifting, which will have a deep, profound and lasting impact on Brexit & transport. The focus has mainly been on the on-going struggle within Cabinet to reach an agreement on customs, which both avoids a hard border with Ireland and ensures UK sovereignty over trade and regulation.   As reported below, the Head of Britain’s HMRC told MPs recently that the ‘Max fac’ customs option, favoured by Brexiteers…

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