David Davis

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. 48

After a very busy week, progress onto Phase 2 has finally been agreed by the European Council following recommendations of progress by the European Commission and the European Parliament. As we reported last week, we are looking at a Phase 2 that consists primarily of talks on legalizing the divorce issues and setting the foundations for a transition. This will be followed by a subsequent phase once the European Council releases its future relationship guidelines in March. However, with Donald Tusk…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 47

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport This week saw the first real breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations. Having read the agreed text, I believe that we should certainly not overstate how much progress was achieved. We should rather take this as a surface-level agreement on ‘agreed truths’ devoid of any significant detail or commitment, which should just about see the negotiations scrape through to Phase 2. Under the stated caveat of “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, claims of a major…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 43

I reported last week that there was a positive feeling of getting back to business in Brussels, but in the past week that mood has suddenly changed for the worse demonstrating just how delicate and complex the issues surrounding Brexit can be. With the issue of Northern Ireland’s border dominating last week’s negotiations, along with the EU lays down a deadline ahead of the December European Council meeting, we are seeing the Brexit uncertainty coming up against a hard deadline…

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