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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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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 77

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Last week I spoke to Jean-Claude Juncker and he stressed that when it comes to the Brexit deal, it’s not by any means done yet. And now we know what he meant. What a weekend! Progress was made, and an agreement was in place until Theresa May’s lack of maneuverability left it in tatters ahead of a crucial Brexit week for both. After a tough Cabinet meeting, and David Davis openly calling for senior Government minister revolt,…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 76

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Welcome to the post-conference season, with the Prime Minister having managed to dance around the issue of Chequers and, for the time being anyway, postpone any major challenge or damage to herself. I feel this week a sense of cautious optimism, more than I have felt for a few weeks now, as both the ticking clock and the reported UK compromise on Ireland have given us cause to believe that the Withdrawal Agreement can be signed…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 75

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Another week, another conference, another party but the same divisions are eerily visible (see last week’s News & Views). Welcome to the Tory Party Conference where a mishap with the conference app has really set the tone for a Prime Minister struggling to get off the ground with her Chequers plan. Defending her plan on the Andrew Marr show, the Prime Minister’s refusal to compromise would be commendable were it not in the face of serious rejection…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 74

Mark’s EU Week for Transport I remain optimistic. Despite all the evidence to the contrary I believe a withdrawal deal in time for our departure from the EU in March next year is still the most likely outcome. How can I possibly say that? Well, clearly Salzburg was a disaster. But it was a disaster for  everyone. Tensions and frustrations here in Brussels and in national capitals are reaching boiling point, and they had to boil over eventually. It’s good that…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 73

Mark’s EU Week for Transport As the Brexit process has progressed over the last few months, various Brexit-related fights have been emerging. These ‘immovable object versus the unstoppable force’ fights are found in Boris Johnson vs. Michael Gove, Labour vs. Brexit, and European Research Group vs. the UK Government. These are the Brexit frontlines and are fights being fought in the public sphere by groups that all believe the same thing: ‘the other side is completely wrong’. In these Brexit fights, we see…

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UKTiE Submission to Future UK-EU transport arrangements inquiry

UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) Submission to House of Lords Committee Brexit Inquiry 14 September 2018 Introduction 1. UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE) welcomes this opportunity to make a submission to The House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee inquiry into the future UK-EU relationship in road, rail and maritime transport, and their efforts to explore the opportunities and challenges of leaving the EU in areas such as market access, standards and cooperation. 2. UKTiE is Britain’s only multi-modal transport…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 72

Mark’s EU Week for Transport ‘Deal’ or ‘No Deal’, transport should be making preparations for the 29th March next year. There is much speculation of what ‘No Deal’ means, particularly as a result of potential severe disruption of the supply chain. The EU and more more recently the UK Government have been busy issuing technical notices, and more are due out this week for transport. I know that a lot of companies and organisations are well advanced in planning for a…

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