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Brexit ‘White Paper’ Next Step Towards UK-EU Aviation Bargain


Securing millions of jobs, ensuring “frictionless” UK-EU trade and protecting supply chains are the aim of a white paper published last week by the UK government, detailing plans for an economic and security partnership with the EU following the country’s exit from the Union on March 30, 2019.

Analysts expect Brexit will lead to disruptions in the aviation industry particularly after the European Commission (EC) notified UK aerospace agencies that any EASA aviation licenses, approvals, and certificates would not be valid after the March 30 deadline unless both sides agree to implement a transition period through to 2020.

“We welcome confirmation in the government’s Brexit white paper of its proposal to seek an aviation agreement that matches as closely as possible today’s traffic rights and aviation regulation arrangements,” said Airport Operators Association CEO Karen Dee, adding that “such a liberalized approach will maintain outstanding connectivity and choice, which will benefit consumers, businesses and trade across the UK and the EU.”

“It is vital that both sides now secure the implementation period by finalizing the withdrawal agreement and enabling its early ratification. This will provide consumers and businesses – both in the UK and the EU – with the necessary confidence about future arrangements,” she said.

No agreement has been reached as yet, but last week’s white paper proposes a softer Brexit, which includes involvement in the EU satellite navigation system Galileo and maintaining participation EU agencies covering safety standards and aircraft components, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Meanwhile, Paul Everitt, CEO at UK aerospace trade body ADS, has called on Brussels to allow EASA and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to enter dialogue covering all Brexit scenarios.

“Let’s be clear: Brexit in whatever form, hard or soft, will be damaging for us, for the industry, for the UK,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in London, on occasion of UK’s 2018 Farnborough Airshow.

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