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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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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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