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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 66

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Whilst the ‘backstop’ debate dominated the Brexit news last week you may be forgiven for missing the future partnership paper for transport published by DExEU, a paper UKTiE has been calling for for almost a year. I’m sure it is something we should all welcome. The position paper is a good start, but we still need much more clarity. Indeed it’s noteworthy not for what is in it, but what is not included. On rail…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 65

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport With the UK Parliament back from recess, Brexit is now firmly back in the saddle and we’re hearing a lot of optimistic noises from DExEU. Nothing wrong with optimism, and the Micawber principle that something good will turn up sometimes holds true. But as a strategy to see us through Brexit and beyond it’s not enough, not least in the transport field where a culture of planning and risk based assessments has quite rightly replaced the early pioneers…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 64

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport I detect the tectonic plates of Brexit are shifting, which will have a deep, profound and lasting impact on Brexit & transport. The focus has mainly been on the on-going struggle within Cabinet to reach an agreement on customs, which both avoids a hard border with Ireland and ensures UK sovereignty over trade and regulation.   As reported below, the Head of Britain’s HMRC told MPs recently that the ‘Max fac’ customs option, favoured by Brexiteers…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 63

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport After getting more certainty regarding the length and process of the transition period, there has been a growing realization that a longer transition will be needed in order to get the necessary arrangements in order. These rumours merely add further uncertainty for businesses to have to contend with and almost feels like a regression in the negotiations. Whilst many, ourselves included, were relieved when the transition details were agreed, our relief was not exclusively directed…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 62

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Another week and another wasted opportunity to secure the best possible deal for transport. Let’s be frank, if the UK Government can’t agree on the most fundamental of Brexit questions, namely what sort of customs relationship the UK wants, there is little prospect of agreeing anything else, including securing the best possible deal for key sectors such as transport. As one Cabinet Minister remarked today, it is not as if Brussels hasn’t noticed the UK…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 61

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Transport has finally made it to the agenda of topics to be discussed at the forthcoming future framework meetings, and we at UKTiE take some of the credit for that, as we have consistently made the case for transport to be a priority sector during the Brexit negotiations. What is interesting is that it is transport, as we predicted and as we argued, will be discussed horizontally, so no separate negations for road, rail, sea…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 60

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport There seems to be a lot happening on the UK political scene at the moment that Brexit has almost taken a back-seat this past week. However, the Brexit negotiations are never far off as Michel Barnier, following in the footsteps of David Davis, is on a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland to discuss possible solutions to the Irish border issue and, of course, there are major votes in the UK Parliament. There is a…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 59

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport The Custom Union, a Customs Partnership or a Customs arrangement? The Brexit debate returns to one of the main Brexit sticking points, the Customs Union. A trading regime that many Brexiteers believe, once departed from, will allow for the dream of Global Britain to come to fruition. Leaving the Customs Union, one of the preconditions of leaving the EU, has now been put under question following a vote in the Lords and with a non-binding vote due…

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UKTiE Brexit Position Paper

UKTiE has published a Brexit Position Paper in which we have outlined 4 Key Priorities for the transport sector which are: 1. Access to a skilled workforce to backfill shortages; 2. Smooth customs processes, including the Irish border, for trade and travel; 3. Membership of EU Agencies to support standardisation facilitate cross-border air travel; and 4. The requirement for a transition period to allow businesses the time to prepare for changes. We believe that transport plays a vital role in the…

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DExEU responds to UKTiE request for Future Partnership paper for transport

DExEU have responded to our letter requesting a Future Partnership paper for transport. Steve Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Exiting the European Union, reassured UKTiE that “the Government is aware of the concerns of the UK transport sector, such as connectivity and the UK’s future trade and transport arrangements and agreements”. Steve Baker MP also confirmed that our ‘Brexit Position Paper‘ has been sent onto officials in DExEU. Although UKTiE appreciates the reassurance that the Government is aware of the…

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