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Chris Grayling’s Train Platform Pledge Shows Just How Absurd The Brexit Debate Has Become

On The World This Week, the transport secretary was asked by Mark Mardell what EU legislation he wanted to get rid of within his area of expertise.

Grayling answered: “Well let’s get back to some practical examples, there are EU laws around the running of railways about the height of platforms, for example.

“Our rail system, apart from HS1, is not in any way linked to the continental rail network, so there is actually no reason for us to have European platform heights, so that’s one area of regulation that could certainly change.’

Hurrah for our new rail-related independence, right? It appears not.

Matthew Scott, who runs Barrister Blogger, heard these claims and wasn’t convinced. After some research, he discovered that it was actually highly unlikely that Brexit will make any difference at all.

This is because under regulation [(EU) No 1299/2014], although it does require EU countries to gradually standardise their platform heigh, there is an exception made for the UK, Scott explains.

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