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Brexit: how will it affect transport?

Published Monday, November 21, 2016

This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.

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On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

The process for withdrawal is likely to take around two years, during which time there will be negotiations about what sort of relationship the UK and the EU will have in the future and how individual policy areas will be affected. Until that process has advanced somewhat it is impossible to say with any certainty what the effects of Brexit on transport policy, industry, services and operations will be.

This paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime.

Since the vote there have been a number of questions in Parliament about various aspects of transport policy and the impact of Brexit. The responses of Transport Ministers have invariably used a form of words to the effect that: “until we leave, EU law will continue to apply to the UK. The Department will continue to work alongside the Department for Exiting the European Union, which has the responsibility for leading the negotiations to leave the EU, and for the future relationship between the UK and EU”.

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This paper will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.

Further information

For more briefings on Brexit, visit the relevant page on the Parliament website.

If you have a Parliamentary email account you can find a selection of articles and reports about Brexit and transport by following this link.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7633

Author: Louise Butcher

Topics: Aviation, EU external relations, EU law and treaties, Railways, Roads, Shipping

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