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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 95

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This is another busy week for UKTiE as we prepare to analyse yet another round of crunch votes on Brexit in Westminster, whilst here in Brussels the EU 27 are preparing for an emergency Brexit summit scheduled for next week. Talk is of a long extension to the Article 50 process being offered to the UK, on the condition the UK has a new Brexit plan and agrees to participate in the EU elections. Meanwhile, we are not sitting…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 92

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  It’s amazing how much time and energy is being invested in debating the Withdrawal Agreement rather than the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and UK. Surely our future relationship should justify at least equal attention? Unfortunately, it’s as if as a nation we’re so transfixed by the backstop that we don’t have the bandwidth for anything else.  Indeed, if we had focused for the last two years on…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 91

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Threat of Cabinet revolt, Parliament seeking to take more control, a once-again delayed Meaningful Vote, and outrage from both wings of the Conservative Party. What would otherwise be a devastating weekend of news for a British Prime Minister has proven to be quite the norm for Theresa May. She has survived crisis point after crisis point since becoming Prime Minister and has made an art form out of successfully navigating being caught between a rock and…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 90

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  In a crunch two weeks for Theresa May and the Brexit negotiations, things are coming to a head.  Yesterday in the House of Commons, Theresa May asked for an extension to the negotiations to seek alternative arrangements to the backstop and secure support for her Withdrawal Agreement. Despite suffering yet another defeat, high noon has been postponed to February 27th. Last night’s vote has no direct effect but no longer allows her to come to Brussels with…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 88

Mark’s EU Week for Transport A historic night for all the wrong reasons. This is what I feel sums up what happened last night in the House of Commons. What happens next will certainly be of interest to everyone involved in and around the Brexit negotiations. However, what I see in the House of Commons are several irreconcilable factions that will be the ultimate stumbling block to any Brexit deal getting a majority. We assume the UK Government will announce a new plan…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 86

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Last week Britain looked more isolated in the Brexit negotiations than ever before. As we seem closer and closer to a no-Deal Brexit than ever before, the hardening of the EU’s stance towards the UK could have a profound impact on transport and supply chains, which will be the first to be hit if there is a no-deal Brexit. This is why,  as I’ll explain later, an extension or even withdrawal of Article 50 may be the only way…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 85

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Despite the Brexit turmoil in London, UK transport industry should be preparing, planning, and protecting.  All UK transport companies and organisations should be preparing for all eventualities, including a hard Brexit. The Government and the EU have issued over 200 Brexit preparedness notices and, if you have not done so, you should analyse them to ensure the risks are identified, managed and mitigated. Our consultancy partner IDA has turned them into a risk register.  Let us know if…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 84

Mark’s EU Week for Transport I’ve always been optimistic that there would be a withdrawal deal, and despite some very difficult moments it was always in the UK and EU’s common interest to ensure they negotiated a settlement. In the end, this best available deal for the UK is better than no deal. Let’s consider what we have achieved. As an industry we’ve always wanted the best possible Brexit. We made the case that transport should be a priority in the…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 83

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Last week we successfully held our 8th Annual UKTiE Forum in the European Parliament. The chosen theme of looking beyond Brexit sparked great discussions throughout our panels as panelists from Permanent Representation of the UK to the EU, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, the UK Department for Exiting the EU, the European Free Trade Association, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, the Japanese Business Council in Europe, and UKTiE members turned their attention…

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UKTiE Forum Post-Event Press Release

 Top UK transport organisations gathered in Brussels to prepare for Brexit Brussels, 21 November 2018: UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE), the association of UK transport companies and organisations, had it’s 8th Annual Forum ‘Looking beyond Brexit: How to influence European transport legislation as a third country’ on Tuesday 20 November in the European Parliament, hosted, as every year, by our patron MEP Jacqueline Foster. ‘This year’s event exceeded our expectations, being the largest gathering of UK and EU officials and…

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