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Government publish Brexit White Paper

23 February 2017/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Logistics & Supply Chain, Freight Forwarding, Ports, Maritime & Waterways, Aviation, Transport Planning


Earlier this month Government published a White Paper providing Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what they are seeking to achieve in negotiating our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.

The United Kingdom's exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union sets out the basis for the Prime Minister's 12 priorities which will guide the Government in fulfilling the democratic will of the people of the UK.

The 12 principles are: 
1. Providing certainty and clarity;
2. Taking control of our own laws;
3. Strengthening the Union;
4. Protecting our strong historic ties with Ireland and maintaining the Common Travel Area;
5. Controlling immigration;
6 The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union
6. Securing rights for EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU;
7. Protecting workers’ rights;
8. Ensuring free trade with European markets;
9. Securing new trade agreements with other countries;
10. Ensuring the United Kingdom remains the best place for science and innovation;
11. Cooperating in the fight against crime and terrorism; and
12. Delivering a smooth, orderly exit from the EU.

The logistics and transport sectors will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the United Kingdom in post-Brexit Britain. The White Paper outlines various methods which will impact the professions and help guarantee a "frictionless" departure from the EU. These include: 

  • Tariff-free trade in goods that is as frictionless as possible between the UK and the EU Member States
  • EU law covering four transport modes (aviation, roads, rail and maritime), which governs our current relationship with the EU, will need to be taken into consideration as we negotiate our future relationship
  • Transport is a key ‘enabler’ to the functioning and success of the economy as a whole
  • Services sectors are a large and export-rich part of the UK economy and an important
    and growing integrated component of value chains
  • Firms increasingly use logistics, communications services and business services to
    facilitate the effective functioning of their supply chains
  • The Government will prioritise securing the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods and services between the UK and the EU.
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