A ‘no deal’ Brexit could cause significant disruption in aviation, according to the latest technical notices published by the UK Government. Safety regulation, security and flights to and from the UK could all be affected.

The papers, as well as technical notices on chemicals and road haulage, show a no deal scenario could generate substantial disruption to air travel and aerospace manufacturing after the UK leaves the European Union (EU) in March 2019.

Potential impacts outlined in the technical notices include:

  • Flights in the UK and Europe being put at risk of delay or cancellation over disruption to safety certifications.
  • Disruption to movement of freight across UK-EU borders.
  • Long-term regulatory issues requiring resolution, such as on mutual recognition of regimes for approving aerospace components or chemicals traded between the UK and EU.

Step it up, says ADS

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of UK aerospace industry trade ADS, said: “It is clearer than ever that a no-deal Brexit risks disruption to air passengers and businesses in aviation, aerospace and many other sectors across our economy.

“Our industries want to see renewed vigour in negotiations, with both the UK and the EU bringing pragmatism to discussions and making compromises where necessary to reach a negotiated withdrawal agreement as soon as possible.

“A successful agreement will establish a transition period after the UK leaves the EU to give businesses the breathing space they need to prepare for new arrangements, adapt and continue to prosper.

“Failure to agree a deal will threaten jobs and investment, damage prosperity and disrupt aviation connectivity. Preparations must be stepped up, including discussions between regulators, to make sure we are ready and able to maintain connectivity and vital supply chains in the event of a no deal Brexit.”

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