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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 95

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  This is another busy week for UKTiE as we prepare to analyse yet another round of crunch votes on Brexit in Westminster, whilst here in Brussels the EU 27 are preparing for an emergency Brexit summit scheduled for next week. Talk is of a long extension to the Article 50 process being offered to the UK, on the condition the UK has a new Brexit plan and agrees to participate in the EU elections. Meanwhile, we are not sitting…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 94

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Another crunch week or another opportunity to kick the can down the road? We’ll see, but it does feel like it’s game over for this stage of the Brexit shenanigans. And whilst the UK has effectively been granted another two weeks to complete no-deal preparations, the EU has today announced it has completed its no deal preparations. It is now assuming that the UK will crash out on April 12. Of course of this is to…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 93

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The mood in Brussels on Brexit is hardening against the UK and the indecision in London is starting to cause long term damage to our reputation, credibility and above all our influence. To put it simply, ‘can we be trusted?’ The issue of trust now goes to the heart of the Brexit crisis. After two years negotiating a deal with the UK, there is disbelief not just that the UK Parliament has rejected it twice, but that…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 92

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  It’s amazing how much time and energy is being invested in debating the Withdrawal Agreement rather than the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and UK. Surely our future relationship should justify at least equal attention? Unfortunately, it’s as if as a nation we’re so transfixed by the backstop that we don’t have the bandwidth for anything else.  Indeed, if we had focused for the last two years on…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 91

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Threat of Cabinet revolt, Parliament seeking to take more control, a once-again delayed Meaningful Vote, and outrage from both wings of the Conservative Party. What would otherwise be a devastating weekend of news for a British Prime Minister has proven to be quite the norm for Theresa May. She has survived crisis point after crisis point since becoming Prime Minister and has made an art form out of successfully navigating being caught between a rock and…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 90

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  In a crunch two weeks for Theresa May and the Brexit negotiations, things are coming to a head.  Yesterday in the House of Commons, Theresa May asked for an extension to the negotiations to seek alternative arrangements to the backstop and secure support for her Withdrawal Agreement. Despite suffering yet another defeat, high noon has been postponed to February 27th. Last night’s vote has no direct effect but no longer allows her to come to Brussels with…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 89

Mark’s UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 89 The next few weeks will be tough ones for everyone involved in transport. We’re all working on no-deal planning, but we’re also working to ensure the right arrangements are urgently put in place to provide certainty for transport. Next week we meet with UKREP in Brussels to fine tune our Brexit preparedness and discuss the practical arrangements for influencing the EU whether we leave or not on 29 March 2019.  Meanwhile the European Parliament…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 88

Mark’s EU Week for Transport A historic night for all the wrong reasons. This is what I feel sums up what happened last night in the House of Commons. What happens next will certainly be of interest to everyone involved in and around the Brexit negotiations. However, what I see in the House of Commons are several irreconcilable factions that will be the ultimate stumbling block to any Brexit deal getting a majority. We assume the UK Government will announce a new plan…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 87

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Happy New Year to all UKTiE News & Views readers. I hope you had a good break and re-charged for the challenges and opportunities to come in 2019! Our three priorities for this year are firstly, to ensure the right arrangements are urgently put in place to provide certainty for transport in the UK, secondly to continue to influence the regulatory environment at an EU level, and thirdly to ensure our industry has a voice internationally and…

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