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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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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 81

Mark’s EU Week for Transport There has been a lot of Brexit news in the last week, with Jo Johnson’s resignation as Transport Minister (more on that later)  and the ever-growing confidence on the UK side for concluding the Withdrawal Agreement this week. However, we must not forget that the EU transport agenda continues on, irrespective of the status of Brexit negotiations. I have long called for the UK transport sector to keep an eye on forthcoming EU transport legislation, and this…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 80

Mark’s EU Week for Transport The mood music here in Brussels seems to be that things are moving in the Brexit negotiations, but are they moving quickly enough for a November European Council summit to be convened? We’ve been here before, of course. With all the noise and news around Brexit, it’s easy to think that things are progressing. But in reality, both sides are sticking to their arguments around the same issues they’ve been discussing for two years now.  However, we…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 78

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Another busy week for UKTiE, as we met the forthcoming Romanian Presidency’s transport & Brexit team, who assume the EU Presidency from 1 January 2019. Critically, we will leave the EU during their watch. It was a constructive and informative meeting (as we set out below), and an important part of our efforts to build and strengthen our links here in Brussels with other EU Member States. This is because after 29 March we will no longer have…

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