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UK Asks to Remain in EASA

  • by: Adam Coath
  • On: 8, Dec 2017
3 min read
Despite Theresa May’s commitment to avoid the oversight of EU Judges after Brexit, the Government wants to remain part of the EU Air Safety Body it has been revealed.

 
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.

What Does Staying In EASA Mean For Britain?

 

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.

What Would A No Deal Mean For Britain’s Aviation Industry?

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?

  • Airports could grind to a halt come 30th March 2019
  • The U.S.-UK bilateral aviation safety agreement will remain dormant for a number of years.
  • There will be a major increase in UK regulatory regime; potentially representing a major barrier to track increased costs.
  • Already, small providers say they are seeing a divergence of business from smaller airports and less popular routes – this will continue to escalate without a Brexit Aviation deal.

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."

What Can You Do To Help Prepare Your Business?

There are a few ways in which you can start preparing for the ‘no deal’ possibility:
  1. Make an action plan – write a detailed plan about what the consequences are for your business if Britain leaves the EASA
  2. Familiarise yourself with either outcome – research and study how best to cover the consequences and advantages of a ‘no deal’
  3. Hire a recruitment company – this can save your business time and money in trying to cover all employment/employee troubles yourself
  4. Set up great communication – ensure everyone within your business understands and follows your action plan in case of a ‘no deal’

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