In less than six months, the UK will begin the process of leaving the European Union. In case you are unfamiliar with the latest on the exit negotiations between the UK and the EU — things aren’t going so well.
UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has warned the country are now preparing for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. To better grasp a sense of just what the country are preparing for, the UK’s Health Secretary has told drug companies to ensure they have at least six weeks additional supplies of medicines on top of their normal stockpiles, in order to avoid disruption caused by a possible no-deal Brexit.
In aviation, the UK’s attempt to negotiate a transition plan for airlines in the event of a no-deal Brexit have now been knocked back by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Civil Aviation Authority chief executive Richard Moriarty wrote to the EASA in June, pointing out that a “joint transition plan was necessary to ensure flights between the UK and the EU would be unaffected by Brexit.”
EASA is ultimately responsible for aviation safety across the EU, including licensing and regulation. The danger is that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EASA would no longer recognise licences and certificates issued by the CAA.
It means British pilots flying EU-registered aircraft would theoretically have to apply for new licences from an EU member state, or that aircraft parts made and approved in the UK, such as at Airbus’ wing assembly in Wales, couldn’t be fitted to EU aircraft.
However, an EASA executive director has now said such discussions cannot take place until there is ‘clarity’ on any future UK-EU legal framework.
In a statement, EASA said that talks to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario would not be useful, since there are too many areas ‘unknown’ surrounding Brexit.
In contrast, the CAA has said: “We call upon the European Commission to allow EASA to hold discussions with us about the detailed technical arrangements that would apply in a no-deal scenario.”
“We are ready to start these talks immediately.”
Once again, the UK are hoping that the EU will reciprocate all of its relationship decisions. The CAA have already said the UK “would recognise safety licences and approvals issued by EASA” before urging EASA “to recognise its own after Brexit.”