Rob has said that Britain’s vital transport and logistics sector risks grinding to a halt if Brexit law-making is not handled properly, saying that the Government’s plans for a Great Repeal Bill risk missing out many crucial pieces of legislation or bogging down our road, rail, sea and air freight industries for years to come.
Speaking in a debate on Exiting the EU and Transport, Rob identified areas where all avenues for freight movement could face a regulatory nightmare. Among the examples he highlighted were:
· At sea, new EU law arising from the Ports Service Directive, currently under consideration, would be seriously harmful against the UK’s privately-owned facilities if it wasn’t removed quickly by the Great Repeal Bill
· In the air, leaving the EU would mean an end to UK participation in the Open Skies negotiations between the EU and US and could mean a return to the last bipartisan deal, Bermuda II, which was drawn-up in 1946 and is not suitable for modern aviation
· On the roads, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is already under-resourced and bereft of serious powers relating to non-UK vehicles – a situation which, without better financial and statutory support will only get worse after Brexit