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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 33

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Does Barnier speak on behalf of himself, the EU institutions, or the 27 ‘remaining’ member states? Or are they all just bluffing? You need to answer those questions before you can decide what to do next to rescue the stalled Brexit talks. It’s vital we turn things around soon,  so we increase the likelihood of the October Council agreeing ‘sufficient’ progress has been made so we can begin trade negotiations, including for transport. Barnier is…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 32

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Hope you had a good summer! As the Brexit negotiations resume here in Brussels, UKTiE has returned from the summer break and hit the ground running with a series of initiatives to ensure greater prominence is given to transport in the Brexit negotiations.  First, next Tuesday we are hosting an event in the House of Lords to discuss the case for a specific UK Government ‘Brexit Plan for Transport’. The Government have published eleven position papers,…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 31

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport With the British Parliament and the EU institutions now in recess we have a chance to take stock following two rounds of Brexit negotiations.   Well, we now know for certain that transport is unfortunately not a priority in the Brexit negotiations, and the Government’s demand that trade negotiations be held in parallel have been rebuffed.  However, this is not a time for us to wait and see, but rather to plan and prepare to ensure…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 30

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Three important and very practical developments this week. First, Michel Barnier may be bluffing but he made it pretty clear last week that the transitional period has already begun, UK transport must leave all agencies, and that there will be disruption to cross-border trade, even if Britain agrees a trade deal. So the instruction issued by the Bank of England to the financial services sector, requiring action plans to be drawn up for a hard Brexit by the 14 July, (see…

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Barnier tells UK frictionless trade ‘not possible’ post Brexit

On Thursday, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, in a speech to the European Economic and Social Committee, warned the UK that frictionless trade will not be possible post Brexit. You can read the full speech here. Mark Watts, UKTiE Coordinator has picked out what he believes to be the key section of the speech: Whatever the outcome of the negotiations will be, from midnight on 29 March 2019, as things stand, the UK will be a third country which therefore will…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 29

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport The very public row  between No. 10, DExEU and the Treasury over a transitional arrangement versus an implementation phase (see below) is more than just about semantics or Cabinet Ministers jostling for position.  Which process is chosen and secured will determine whether we can secure a Brexit deal for transport.  My view is that it stems from a basic misunderstanding of Article 50.  The EU are adamant that in compliance with Article 50 the UK will have…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 28

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport A week into the negotiations and we are still waiting to hear the Governments’ plan for transport. But I’m still not sure if there is one.  How can we secure the best possible Brexit for transport if we do not clearly set out our demands at the start of the negotiating process? The Queen’s Speech had 8 pieces of Brexit legislation: Repeal bill, immigration, customs, trade, agriculture, fisheries, nuclear, sanctions, but none of them will directly deal with…

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Brexit negotiations have begun!

On Monday 19th June, the first formal meeting between the UK and EU Brexit negotiators took place in Brussels, marking the start of the negotiations. The main figures at this meeting were of course Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The meeting focused on the structure of the negotiations and forthcoming issues but also issues related to citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues.…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 27

Mark’s Week As we speak, the Brexit negotiations have finally begun. It is already possible to draw some general conclusions and more specific ones for the transport sector. The UK’s weakened hand, as a result of the inconclusive elections, is resulting in a softening of tone and substance in London. Three important concessions have been made in the past week by the UK Government. First, the demand that the talks start with consideration of citizens’ rights, the UK’s financial liabilities…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 26

Mark’s Week What a Week That Was!  My advice after the tumultuous last few days  is keep calm and carry on preparing and deploying your own Brexit plan. British politics now resembles something out of Dante’s Inferno. Indeed the first of the nine circles he encountered on his descent to hell was limbo, which is an accurate description of where we are now in relation to Brexit. Theresa May (who at the time of writing is the British Prime Minister) should be…

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