During the meeting in the European Parliament office in Warsaw, we talked with Danuta Hübner about possible scenarios related to Brexit. We have important information for European carriers carrying out transport to and from the United Kingdom. As a result of the elections and the recent decisions in the British Government, it is very likely that, by the end of 2020, this transport will have been carried out under the current rules. The basic document will be a Community licence.
Everything points to the fact that on 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom will leave the European Union based on an agreement. This means that by 31 December 2020 The United Kingdom will have the status of a third country, but with special rules. There will be a transition period during which EU rules will continue to apply to the United Kingdom.
For road transport, this is a sign that the transport will be carried out according to the current rules. It is also important to note that, in accordance with the negotiations underway, the transitional period may be extended no more than twice for a maximum period of 12 months each time. This means that it could be in force until the end of December 2022 at the longest.
Danuta Hübner announced inter alia that a final agreement between the Community and the United Kingdom would require the consent of the European Parliament. For this reason, a plenary session of the EP is scheduled for 29 January 2020, during which such consent is likely to be given. Moreover, transport is one of the areas that should be regulated as a matter of urgency between the UK and the EU after Brexit. Other key areas are the FTA, internal and external security and fisheries.
This is undoubtedly important information for carriers performing transports between the United Kingdom and Community countries. We firmly believe that the business uncertainty surrounding Brexit will soon be over, with a positive outcome for all.