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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 101

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  It’s finally here, the elections that nobody expected would take place in the UK are happening in just 3 days time. Across the EU-27, the election campaigns are focusing on the future of the EU with anti-EU forces threatening to coalesce around a unified anti-EU group. However, as I argue in a new blog piece, while the narrative seems to be presenting a new surge of anti-EU MEPs, the reality is very different indeed. There is no denying…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 100

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  We find ourselves in the final stretch ahead of the European elections. The UK election campaigns are all now officially launched, with the exception of the Conservative Party, and not surprisingly Brexit is dominating the campaigns of all the UK parties. Ironically it’s probably the first time ever that the UK’s European election campaign has been fought on European issues. Across Europe as a whole, we are now starting to see some of the trends that…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 99

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week I wrote about how our focus would invariably shift to the UK local elections ahead of even more attention on the European elections at the end of this month. What has happened is a situation where Remainers and Leavers can point to the local elections, and probably the same will ring true for the European elections, and argue that the results prove them right. Are the local elections a bellwether for the European elections? Time…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 98

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Attention shifts this week to local elections in the UK, as the Tories face the prospect of big defeats this week ahead of further defeats in one month’s time at the European elections. While attention will inevitably remain local during this period, there is plenty to think about at the European level as well. Let’s face it, barring Theresa May pulling off the impossible, we will be holding European elections. This means that we need to…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 97

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Whatever the type of Brexit, whenever it occurs, if it occurs at all,  it is vital the UK starts to get back on the front foot when it comes to shaping transport policy and seeking to protect and promote UK transport interests, particularly here in Brussels.  Brexit has been a huge distraction for almost three years, and we’ve heard time and time again the same over used phrase that that ‘we simply do not have the…

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New- UKTiE Vision

Multi-modality UKTiE is a member-driven association, operating across all transport modes, that makes the most of its members’ expertise focusing on common interests and priorities. We advocate for a holistic approach to policymaking that ensures an integrated approach to all modes to guarantee better policy outcomes and a better service for consumers through improved mobility. Speaking with one voice for transport. Sustainability/Decarbonisation UKTiE and its members are working to ensure a carbon neutral future by 2050 with significant progress made…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 96

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The European Council last night granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after five hours of talks in Brussels. The new deadline – 31 October (Halloween) averts the prospect of a no deal Brexit on Friday. And whilst the UK can leave before then if the deal is agreed by UK MPs, it will have to leave without a deal on 1 June 2019 if it does not hold European elections.  So my expectation now…

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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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