The security agreements for the transportation of passengers and goods that currently exist between the UK and EU could be subject to change in the event of a no-deal Brexit – changes that could disrupt the links that currently exist. That is one of the possible outcomes of a no-deal suggested the UK government, after it this week published a series of documents that attempt to prepare UK citizens for such a scenario in March 2019.
Also covering areas including road haulage, vehicle insurance and reporting CO2 emissions, the 10 Department for Transport (DfT) technical notices predict that a “mutually advantageous deal with the EU” was the most likely outcome and – in the case of air and maritime journeys, at least – little would change in the way that the UK would treat incoming passengers and cargo from the EU. That reassurance from the DfT was given thanks to the “higher standards” that it already practises, particularly in the case of aviation.
What the documents could not do, however, was predict what the EU would do should the UK exit without a deal. If the remaining 27 member states introduce stringent checks, there is the likelihood that it could make journeys more onerous, potentially affecting trade and leisure travel.
Regarding aviation procedures, the existing regulations would still be retained in domestic law under the EU Withdrawal Act, ensuring that the UK would continue to have robust security. Despite this assurance, in the event of a no-deal the EU could decide not to recognise those standards if they consider them insufficient. Should that happen, a possible result could be that air cargo and passenger journeys between the UK and EU would be subject to more stringent checks on the EU side. Journeys outside of the UK, or from the EU to the UK, are unlikely to be affected, the DfT said.
For air cargo, security procedures governing the movement of goods, ACC3, currently allows the UK to issue ACC3 designations on behalf of the EU. Being that the UK is a member, this is very likely to be revoked upon leaving the EU without a deal. A statement on the DfT website said that the EU had not yet begun plans to reissue the ACC3 designations to the other EU member states, something could prove problematic for them in a no-deal scenario. “Without such a mechanism those carriers from non-EU countries will not be able to carry cargo into the EU after the UK leaves the EU. The same carriers will be allowed to fly cargo into the UK after the UK leaves the EU.”
The government said it will set out additional practical measures for other transport sectors in due course.
The technical documents can be viewed at the DfT website.
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