Department for Transport written question – answered at on 30 September 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 285042 on Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries, which historic bilateral agreements are (a) most and (b) least likely to be carried over after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The UK has historic agreements with all EU Member States except for Malta (for reasons of geography). It is our view that, in the absence of an EU wide agreement, 21 historic bilateral agreements would revive in full on exit as they have not been expressly terminated. Agreements with Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and Italy have terminated, but offer a good basis for future discussions.

Some of the revived agreements may need some amendments to make them fit for purpose, which can be done by an exchange of notes between the Parties.

For those agreements that are no longer in force, we would expect to conclude new treaties in the absence of EU-wide arrangements.

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