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Air Travel Between Britain and EU Could Be Harmed by No-Deal Brexit

The UK’s government has advised that, if the nation departs the EU without a deal, it is possible that air transport between the country and the bloc could be jeopardized. Britain is currently seeking a mutual acceptance of aviation standards between it and the member nations of the European Union.

The British government has advised that, should the nation exit the European Union (EU) without a deal, transport between the country and the bloc – including air travel – could be disrupted, the BBC reports. The British government is seeking the mutual acceptance of aviation standards between the UK and the EU.

Failure to establish this acceptance would mean that British aviation safety standards are not recognized by the EU.

Offering its comments on this scenario in a set of documents as seen by the outlet, the British government was quoted as saying, “If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission.”

However, according to a government document seen by the outlet, the nation “would envisage” that EU carriers would be permitted to continue to operate and added, “we would expect EU countries to reciprocate in turn.”

The document further explained that, “It would not be in the interest of any EU country or the UK to restrict the choice of destinations that could be served, though if such permissions are not granted, there could be disruption to some flights.”

For those concerned that a no-deal Brexit scenario would see all air travel between the UK and the EU grind to a halt, Tim Alderslade, the chief executive of Airlines UK, the trade body representing UK registered carriers, said in a statement, “Airlines are confident that there will be a new agreement on aviation between the UK and the EU. Whilst we don’t support a no-deal Brexit, we welcome that both the UK and the EU are proposing in this event a minimum agreement that would cover flight and safety requirements for the benefit of both passenger and cargo services.”

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