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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 127

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Hello to you all from Brussels where we’ve been in lockdown for two weeks, and the lockdown has now been extended to at least the 19 April. As we continue to shift our working lives onto a virtual setting, I am keen to share with you how some of the things we are doing at UKTiE to ensure continuity of service for our members and representation to EU key stakeholders. As my vlog will indicate, there…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 126

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  As the world grinds to an effective halt, we have seen Brexit taking a clear, and deserved, backseat against the Coronavirus crisis. As we all begin to take a step back from regular activity, so too Brussels has slowed down but has not come to a complete halt. A lot of discussion over last few weeks has, understandably, focused exclusively on coronavirus and on the impacts this will have on the wider UK economy and its…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 125

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Here we are, the first day of the rest of the rest of our lives. The UK-EU future relationship negotiations kick off today in Brussels with the first of what will be five rounds of negotiations between now and 16 May, and that includes the negotiations for the all important transport deal for all the modes The pace of these negotiations will be frantic and a lot will need to be discussed and debated between the…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 124

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The European Green Deal is the most ambitious EU project since the development of the Single Market back in 1993.  The aim is for Europe to become the world’s first carbon neutral continent by 2050. The implications for transport are profound, because unlike other industrial sectors which have cut greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, transport GHG emissions have risen by 19%. It will require a technological, social and a regulatory revolution in the way we trade…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 123

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Brexit has happened. After 3 years of back and forth, the United Kingdom has formally left the European Union. Despite the departure we are still no clearer on something we covered in our last News & Views when we discussed the question of alignment to EU regulations in the future relationship. That questions is as hot today as it has ever been following comments made by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the Andrew Marr show insisting that…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 122

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  To be, or not to be, that is the question. To be aligned with EU regulations or to diverge after Brexit, that is the question we must all answer, after the UK Chancellor declared last Friday in the FT that  “There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule-taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end of…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 121

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Happy New Year! Best wishes to you from our UKTiE team ahead of what promises to be quite the year ahead. As business begins to resume in Brussels for the new year, this week presents a veritable ‘calm before the storm’ feeling with the EU institutions preparing a host of legislative actions over the coming months. The Commission Work Programme for 2020, expected at the end of this month, will outline in greater detail what this…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 120

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Despite wall to wall analysis of the historic UK election result over the past few days, few have discussed what does Boris Johnson’s 80 seat majority mean for Brexit & transport? I think there are four things that are pretty much certain now. Four questions we as an industry need to answer. And one for the new Government. Firstly, the UK Parliament will rubber stamp the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration unamended, and the UK will…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 119

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  After a busy last two weeks, we finally have a new European Commission and a new Transport Commissioner. Following last week’s successful confirmation vote in the European Parliament, the new European Commission officially took office yesterday. With a lot of ambitious promises to keep and a tight timeframe to maintain, the new Commission will look to hit the ground running. We could see the framework of one of its biggest legislative endeavors emerge as early as next…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 118

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Here in Brussels the big development last week was the successful hearing in front of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament for Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner-designate for Transport.  She outlined her strategy for her 5  year term in office. She struck a pragmatic approach during the hearing, and indicated she won’t be afraid to champion the transport industry. During her introductory speech she declared that the right to move freely is highly valued by…

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