The ridiculous scare stories about a No Deal Brexit have once again been blown apart by a secret arrangement that will see planes and lorries have UK-EU access, with mutually beneficial reciprocal access.
The Sun on Sunday have revealed that Brussels have agreed to measures that will ensure UK transport links are maintained, even after a WTO Brexit.
This will mean that lorries and coaches will be able to carry passengers and goods to the EU and of course flights will continue.
As Brussels set out on air travel: “The EU is taking measures to mitigate the severe disruption to air connectivity for passengers and freight between the EU and the United Kingdom in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
“Today, member states’ ambassadors in the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the Romanian presidency to negotiate with the European Parliament on a proposal which enables UK-licenced carriers to provide basic air transport services between the UK and the remaining 27 member states.
“These rights will be conditional on equivalent rights being conferred by the UK and subject to conditions ensuring fair competition.”
And on road connectivity: “The EU is introducing a set of temporary and limited measures to ensure basic road freight and road passenger connectivity in order to mitigate the most severe disruption in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement.
“Today, member states’ ambassadors in the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the Romanian presidency to negotiate with the European Parliament on enabling UK-licenced road hauliers and coach and bus operators to carry goods and passengers between the UK and the remaining 27 member states.
“The rights granted by these measures will be conditional on equivalent rights being conferred by the UK to operators from the 27 member states and subject to conditions ensuring fair competition.”
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab responded by saying: “Welcome offer by the EU Commission of reciprocal arrangements to allow the flow of lorries and airplanes to/ from the UK and EU, if we leave on WTO terms. Why so little coverage?”
The MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, also welcomed the news: “Welcome confirmation from the EU Commission that deal or No Deal they plan to allow hauliers to carry goods across the EU, so long as the UK reciprocates. Important for Channel Ports, UK & EU that trade continues to flow.”
Deal or No Deal, the UK will continue to thrive. Sensible measures are being put in place and life will go on. The UK must leave the EU on 29th March!
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