The Government has asked to remain as part of the EU Air Safety Body after receiving pressure from UK, European and US airlines and aviation authorities.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has many countries as its members, including Switzerland and Norway (which are outside the EU); this is allowed and these countries are entitled to some rights within the EASA.
According to Sky News, the British Department of Transport has assured the Aviation industry that Britain will remain part of the EU Air Safety Body post Brexit; however, if we are not allowed to do so, the consequences are that Britain will have to devise a substantial, secure legal structure similar to the existing one within a matter of weeks.
Remaining in the EASA is another hit at Theresa May’s Brexit plans. Some are saying EU controlling British Aviation after Brexit is crossing another of her “red lines”. As EASA is in charge of Aviation standards and safety checks across the continent, the choice to remain will prevent disruption to planes and airlines.
The Aviation industry is panicking over the notion that Brexit would cause server problems; this has been backed by US Federal Aviation Authority who have warned that flights will break the law if they are not abiding to the strict, legal structure for aviation safety.However, it’s been discovered that under Article 66 of EASA, regulations clearly state that there is a legal route for Britain to become a third-party country participant.
When the UK leaves the European Union, it’ll be required to replace thousands of regulations with some of its own; but what might happen if a deal isn’t made with the EU Air Safety Body or the UK doesn’t make new regulations in time?
Expressed by Robert Sinclair, the new chief executive of London City Airport:
"I think for critical industries like aviation, which is an enabler of other industries and trade and tourism, the consequences of 'no deal' are very, very significant… Single market consistency has driven air fares down, which has made flying the preserve of everyone, not just the few.” “It's made it a lot more prolific and allowed people right across Britain to experience Europe… Unfortunately, if we lose that, the risk is that flying becomes more the preserve of the few, like it was 30 or 40 years ago."
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