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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 84

Mark’s EU Week for Transport I’ve always been optimistic that there would be a withdrawal deal, and despite some very difficult moments it was always in the UK and EU’s common interest to ensure they negotiated a settlement. In the end, this best available deal for the UK is better than no deal. Let’s consider what we have achieved. As an industry we’ve always wanted the best possible Brexit. We made the case that transport should be a priority in the…

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UK Transport and Europe News & Views No. 83

Mark’s EU Week for Transport Last week we successfully held our 8th Annual UKTiE Forum in the European Parliament. The chosen theme of looking beyond Brexit sparked great discussions throughout our panels as panelists from Permanent Representation of the UK to the EU, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU, the UK Department for Exiting the EU, the European Free Trade Association, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, the Japanese Business Council in Europe, and UKTiE members turned their attention…

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UKTiE Forum Post-Event Press Release

 Top UK transport organisations gathered in Brussels to prepare for Brexit Brussels, 21 November 2018: UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE), the association of UK transport companies and organisations, had it’s 8th Annual Forum ‘Looking beyond Brexit: How to influence European transport legislation as a third country’ on Tuesday 20 November in the European Parliament, hosted, as every year, by our patron MEP Jacqueline Foster. ‘This year’s event exceeded our expectations, being the largest gathering of UK and EU officials and…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 82

Mark’s EU Week for Transport I welcome the progress in the negotiations that have led to a Draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship. UKTiE has been campaigning for some months for this breakthrough. In response to the Chequers Agreement and the Brexit White Paper we argued the Government plans for Brexit must go further, faster and be fairer, in order to ensure the best possible Brexit deal for transport. How do the latest documents match up against…

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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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