A CER Statement on Brexit

A CER Statement on Brexit

Monday, 16 October 2017

CER has been since 1988 a key contributor to all public debates on all aspects of the EU transport and climate policy, providing policy- and law-makers with reliable information, solid arguments and sound proposals. In view of this and for the promotion of the positions outlined in this position paper, CER offers its support and expertise to the EU institutions as well as to any other interested and relevant party.

Brexit must not undermine the ongoing development of the Single European Rail Area. To this end CER members wish that the outcome of the Brexit negotiations will allow for a framework of relations between the EU and the United Kingdom that should be as close as possible to the present framework, as outlined in these statements. As a service with public relevance, railways are a network industry that operate in a heavily regulated environment. Legal certainty for rail business and in the relations between the EU and the UK is of fundamental importance. CER also calls for an increased role of the business community in the negotiations ahead, and in particular of the rail community, which contributes to the EU GDP with 66 bn Euros and provides 1.21 million direct and indirect jobs.