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BRUSSELS: February 28, 2018. The European Commission (EC) has published its draft Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom prior to the country's expected exit from the EU on March 30, 2019.

The 119-page proposal consists of six parts covering introductory provisions, citizens' rights, other separation issues such as goods placed on the market before the withdrawal date, the financial settlement, transitional arrangements, and institutional provisions - plus a protocol on the future border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

EU transport position with UKAs described in the EC document, the EU understands Britain's negotiating position is based on future regulatory autonomy, an end to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and an end to the freedom of movement of people.

The EU position, on the other hand, is autonomy of the Union and its legal order - including the CJEU - integrity of the Single Market, no "cherry picking" by Britain, a level playing field and a consistent approach towards third country partners.

In a document covering the future transport relationship between Britain and the EU, the EC says without an agreement on what the future will be, or maintaining the status quo while one is agreed, British businesses and citizens can expect the following to apply from April 'Fool's Day' 2019:

  • All current EU law-based rights, obligations and benefits cease;
  • End of market access based on Community licence (no basis for international carriage of goods or passengers between EU and UK; end of cabotage rights);
  • End of mutual recognition of driving licences, vehicle registration documents and certificates of professional competence for drivers;
  • End of cross-border enforcement of traffic offences;

- and a reminder to Britain that after March 30, 2019, there will be "new Customs and border controls impacting operations."

According to Eurotunnel, last month Le Shuttle Freight set a new record for the month of January by carrying 144,272 trucks, an increase of 10 percent year-on-year. And on January 25 it set a new record by carrying more than 7,000 trucks in a day.

The EC says its draft agreement will now be sent to the European Council and the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group for review and opinion.

EU-UK_Future_transport_relationship.pdf

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