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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 53

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Last week I raised our concerns about the legal issues which could threaten the transition arrangement. This week I have raised our concerns about the political issues which now threaten to derail the entire Brexit process. Indeed, last week I referred to the gap that appeared to be opening between the UK and the EU27. This week that gap started to turn into a chasm, as both sides dug in for some very difficult weeks…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 52

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport This week a widening gap emerged between the UK’s and EU’s respective visions of the proposed transitional arrangement.  The dispute centres around the rights of citizens who arrive in the UK during the transition, but also extends to the need for the UK to maintain regulatory alignment, whilst being excluded from the EU’s decision making institutions, including the transport-related EU agencies.  It’s vital we square that circle in the coming weeks because the deal must be finalised…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 51

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport David Davis has today said that the UK has accepted that it will effectively be a rule-taker and not a rule-maker during the transition and that the UK intends to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries during the transition period while remaining members of the Customs Union. This comes in a week that has seen Davos dominating the headlines, we have also seen a seeming softening in the EU’s stance towards the UK getting a…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 50

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport In the past week, the UK has been focusing on bilateral issues relating to Brexit, namely those concerning Calais with France. However, there is concern here in Brussels that this amounts to putting the cart before the horse. While the UK must be commended for looking at issues such as the Le Touquet Treaty, the overarching Brexit debate remains stuck between the EU insisting the UK has very limited choices if the UK does not…

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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. 46

Mark’s Brexit Week for Transport Hailed as the ‘best ever’ by Jacqueline Foster, our Host MEP and UKTiE Patron and President, last week’s UKTiE Forum was held at the European Parliament. With the EU planning the biggest ever shake up of transport in the coming years UKTiE is planning on stepping up its engagement with European and international partners, the Forum saw a record number of representatives from the UK’s leading road, rail, maritime and aviation companies and organisations gather…

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UK Transport and Brexit News & Views No. 45

Are you ready for the biggest ever EU shake up for UK transport? Tomorrow is our 7th UKTiE Forum, the largest annual gathering of Britain’s leading transport companies and organisations with EU legislators.  The theme is ‘Clean, connected and competitive: How to modernise Europe’s transport system’. We have brought together a powerful group of speakers from across Europe, with an intimate knowledge of the sector to share their thoughts on the changes they see as necessary in order for transport…

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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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