26 Feb 2019
European Council – BrexitBrussels Daily
Basic road connectivity in the event of no-deal Brexit – provisional agreement with Parliament
Today, the Romanian presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on 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. The measures agreed today will enable 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. The agreement will now be submitted for approval by member states’ ambassadors in the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee.
The temporary measures are without prejudice to any future negotiations with the UK.
The regulation still needs to be formally adopted by both Parliament and the Council.
It will cease to apply on 31 December 2019.
According to the overall principles for non-deal Brexit contingency measures, all such measures consist of unilateral EU-level action, on the assumption that the UK will reciprocate. The measures are exceptional in nature and strictly time-limited. The transport connectivity measures are not intended to replicate the status quo under EU law, but rather to preserve basic connectivity between the EU and the UK.