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Brexit concerns

Brexit concerns

24 April 2018

Given the 'considerable uncertainties' over any future relationship when the UK withdraws from the European Union, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport issued a 'Notice to Stakeholders' on February 27. This informed operators, suppliers and other bodies of the 'legal repercussions which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country'. Any train operator licences and safety certificates issued by the UK for use across the Single European Railway Area would no longer be valid in the remaining member states. Any company wishing to continue operating in the EU-27 would have to apply for a new licence from another member state. In the same way, each UK-certified Entity in Charge of Maintenance for freight wagons 'wishing to continue their professional activities in the EU' would have to apply for a new certificate. For suppliers, the biggest issue concerns the approval of TSI-compliant products covered by the Interoperability Directive, and the related conformity assessment procedures by a Notified or Designated Body. Licensing of train drivers under Directive 2007/59 will also be affected.

Railway Gazette International, Apr. 2018. p.24.