Trade Bodies: Aviation Regulators of the EU and the UK Should Talk About Brexit Plans

In a letter, the aerospace trade bodies urged the lead Brexit negotiator of the European Union that the airline regulators of the United Kingdom and the European Union should be allowed to start technical planning for Brexit that is kept to be separate from the political discussions.

Aviation is one of the sectors that could be most severely affected by Brexit, as there is no default fallback option for the industry once there is no agreement regarding the future relations after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in March 2019.

With only less than a year to go, the two aviation trade associations have expressed demand that the negotiators allow the regulators to begin technical planning discussion to help in providing clarity for different Brexit scenarios.

In a letter that was addressed to Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator of the European Union, the ADS Group and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) said: “The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) need to urgently begin technical and contingency planning discussions by the June European Council, and separate to the political negotiations.”

Officials in the United Kingdom are negotiating with their counterparts in the European Union to agree on rules regarding how a series of sectors will operate after Brexit, including finance, pharmaceutical, and aviation companies. They have consulted businesses regarding their stance, however, the request for aviation regulators to thrash out the finer details reveals that the concerns are building within the industry.

The letter said that there would be a series of actions that the CAA and the EASA would be required to take, whether or not the European Union and the United Kingdom ratify the withdrawal agreement by the date of the exit.

The letter stated: “The European aviation industry as a whole cannot afford any unintended consequences that arise from legal uncertainties.”

The United Kingdom has said that it wants to explore the terms on which it could continue to part of the EASA. However, the United Kingdom could be excluded from the agency after it withdraws from the bloc.