The European Scrutiny Committee notes that in the current week the following issues and questions have arisen in documents or in correspondence with Ministers.
Mobility package: market pillar
The EU internal market for freight is highly integrated and allows for unlimited international traffic between Member States, including cross-trade (cross-border journeys between countries other than the operator’s home country) and some cabotage (journeys which begin and end within another country). Although the UK seeks to retain current levels of market access, the only non-EU Member States which have EU-levels of access are the EEA countries and Switzerland, which apply the relevant EU rules.
86% of the freight traffic moved in and out of the UK (not including Ireland) is currently moved by non-UK operators, which suggests that EU27 haulage operators have a strong interest in retaining current levels of reciprocal market access. Despite this, the European Commission has suggested that the Government’s red lines mean that a UK-EU agreement will involve a switch to a quota-based system; UK freight groups are overwhelmingly opposed to a permit system, which would increase costs for businesses and consumers.
The European Conference of Ministers of Transport’s (ECMT) multilateral permit system will provide limited fallback access for approximately 5–10% of UK operators. Cabotage is particularly common on the island of Ireland and this activity is facilitated by common rules on haulage; the Northern Ireland Assembly has legislative competence for road haulage and trailer registration. Transport-related qualifications and certificates have not been included in the citizens’ rights section of the draft Withdrawal Agreement.
Adoption of detailed EU fishing rules
There is no detail on how the UK will be involved in the design of UK-relevant detailed EU fishing rules during the post-Brexit implementation period.
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