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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 39

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Firstly a quick plug for our 7th annual forum to be held in the European Parliament on Tuesday 28 November.  This year’s UKTiE forum will focus on planned EU policy and regulatory changes that will affect the UK road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors, whether we’re in the EU or not. Places are limited so register now. By the end of this week’s European summit we will know whether or not there has been sufficient progress in…

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UKTiE and other Leading Industry Groups Call for a Clear and Predictable Transitional Arrangement in the Brexit Process

  Joint Statement on Transitional Arrangement – Brexit – 2017 October 11  PRESS RELEASE Brussels – A group of industry associations representing global companies operating in both the EU and the UK urge the Brexit negotiators to agree on a business-friendly and efficient transitional arrangement between UK’s exit and a new deal. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), BritishAmerican Business (BAB), the British Chamber of Commerce | Belgium & EU, the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and UKTiE…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 38

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport The fifth round of negotiations commence today here in Brussels, the last before the European Council meets to decide whether sufficient progress has been made to allow the talks to move on to the future relationship. We already know the answer. So what next? The Prime Minister has stated repeatedly that the United Kingdom wants a “new, deep and special partnership ” but “the ball is in their (the EU’s) court.” She expects the EU to…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 37

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport I’m sure we are all shocked by the collapse – the largest ever to hit a UK airline – of Monarch Airlines, which was about to mark its 50th anniversary. The airline, which employs around 2,100 people across its airline and tour group, had struggled with mounting costs and competitive market conditions which saw it suffer a period of sustained losses. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been asked by the Government to charter more than…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 36

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport As I predicted last week, the British Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to reboot the stalled Brexit talks in her Florence speech by changing the tone and above all the content of Britain’s Brexit strategy, not least by offering a transitional period, or implementation phase as she insists on calling it. Effectively she is committing Britain to be bound by EU rules and obligations, including payments into EU budgets, for two years or more after Brexit,…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 35

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport The announcement that British Prime Minister Theresa May will give a speech this Friday in Florence on the Brexit negotiations so far and provide ‘updates on how the negotiations were going and be engaged in an ongoing conversation with Europe’ is a chance to reboot the stalled negotiations. As we all know, without a swift resolution on the key divorce issues such as the U.K.’s financial obligations, the Ireland Question and the EU and and the UK…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 34

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Last week I met many of the senior UK politicians involved in Brexit and transport in London, and then in Brussels I met the senior EU officials negotiating Brexit for transport on behalf of the 27 Member States.  I sought to better understand the yawning gap that exists between both sides, so we could help bridge it. The gap is partly explained by different approaches to politics (as I described last week) and major differences in the interpretation of the…

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UKTiE to meet with TF50

On the 7th September 2017, UKTiE will be meeting a delegation from Michel Barnier’s Task Force 50. So far the importance of transport has been seriously underplayed in the Brexit negotiations. The future economic success of Britain and Europe relies on us securing an effective agreement on transport between the UK, the EU27 and the European Parliament. UK transport is deeply integrated into EU transport networks and markets, and is a major contributor to the success and competiveness of Europe’s…

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A Brexit Deal for Transport – an UKTiE event in the House of Lords

UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) calls on Government to publish a position paper on transport to help kick-start negotiations in Brussels. Yesterday at a meeting in the House of Lords, Mark Watts, Co-ordinator of UK Transport in Europe, made the case for the Government to publish a Brexit position paper on transport to help kick-start the negotiations and secure a Brexit deal for transport. In Brussels there seems to be little prospect of negotiations on transport commencing any time soon. The…

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