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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS No Deal Brexit Special

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  With all signs pointing towards a No Deal Brexit being the most likely outcome, we have decided to dedicate this update towards exploring what a No Deal Brexit would mean for the UK transport sector. We will focus primarily on what the EU has done to prepare for a No Deal Brexit as an indication to the level of access and connectivity that UK transport will have to the continent after October 31st. If you haven’t already…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 107

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  With our new Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm, we have seen a clear intent to ramp up the messaging and the preparations around a No Deal Brexit. The UK Government has clearly shifted to a more proactive preparatory stance towards No Deal with the Government going as far as streamlining the Whitehall process to ensure adequate preparedness for October 31st. While it is hard to distinguish bluster from fact, it does appear that the…

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UKTiE Transport and Environment Special News & Views

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  1. New European Commission President-elect shares transport priorities Ahead of her successful confirmation vote by the European Parliament last week, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen shared her political guidelines with MEPs. These guidelines paint a picture of what von der Leyen’s agenda as European Commission President would look like. Her top priority is committing to a European Green Deal, what this will mean is that she wants Europe to become the first climate neutral…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 105

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Last week was the EU Sustainable Energy Week, which UKTiE attended in order to gain further insight into the forthcoming EU climate agenda. The conclusion was that, while the current policy negotiations can appear quite vague, specificity will come and will come quickly once the new European Parliament begins in the first week of July. We are hearing measures ranging from cutting emissions in shipping, to creating a level playing field by increasing aviation taxation, to…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 104

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Whilst the focus of the past week has been on who will get which top EU job, behind the scenes the European Parliament and the European Council have both been stealing a march on the European Commission by seeking to agree strategic priorities for the next five year EU mandate. Whilst constitutionally the European Commission has the sole power of initiative, this time round the other two EU institutions want to shape their agenda. And given the…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 103

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Now that the dust has begun to settle on the EU elections, the European Parliament groups are already setting policy priorities for the upcoming mandate. In that vain, in the update below we have laid out some of the manifesto promises that were made by the European groups in the election. The overarching caveat of the manifesto analysis is that we do not yet know which group will get which EU top job, with the Presidents…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 101

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  It’s finally here, the elections that nobody expected would take place in the UK are happening in just 3 days time. Across the EU-27, the election campaigns are focusing on the future of the EU with anti-EU forces threatening to coalesce around a unified anti-EU group. However, as I argue in a new blog piece, while the narrative seems to be presenting a new surge of anti-EU MEPs, the reality is very different indeed. There is no denying…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 100

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  We find ourselves in the final stretch ahead of the European elections. The UK election campaigns are all now officially launched, with the exception of the Conservative Party, and not surprisingly Brexit is dominating the campaigns of all the UK parties. Ironically it’s probably the first time ever that the UK’s European election campaign has been fought on European issues. Across Europe as a whole, we are now starting to see some of the trends that…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 98

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Attention shifts this week to local elections in the UK, as the Tories face the prospect of big defeats this week ahead of further defeats in one month’s time at the European elections. While attention will inevitably remain local during this period, there is plenty to think about at the European level as well. Let’s face it, barring Theresa May pulling off the impossible, we will be holding European elections. This means that we need to…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 97

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Whatever the type of Brexit, whenever it occurs, if it occurs at all,  it is vital the UK starts to get back on the front foot when it comes to shaping transport policy and seeking to protect and promote UK transport interests, particularly here in Brussels.  Brexit has been a huge distraction for almost three years, and we’ve heard time and time again the same over used phrase that that ‘we simply do not have the…

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