Should the United Kingdom leave the Union without an agreement, contingency measures adopted by the co-legislators — Regulation (EU) 2019/501 (1) — provide for basic connectivity for a limited period of time to prevent ensuing serious disruptions.
As the contingency measure is subject to the United Kingdom granting Union operators equivalent rights, lorries belonging to EU hauliers should be able to continue to use the United Kingdom land bridge on their way to or from Ireland during the period when the contingency measure applies.
The Commission understands that the United Kingdom authorities took measures to allow Irish hauliers to keep using the United Kingdom land bridge in case of a no-deal withdrawal. As Regulation (EU) 2019/501 currently stands, it ceases to apply on 31 December 2019. An extension until 31 July 2020 has been proposed by the Commission and is currently being considered by the co-legislators.
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