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Rejection withdrawal agreement by House of Commons 

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January 29, 2019

Rejection withdrawal agreement by House of Commons 

On 15 January the Brexit withdrawal agreement was rejected by the British Parliament. The current political uncertainty doesn’t allow political analysts on either side of the Channel to determine what the next steps in the Brexit discussions on British and European sides will be . This is the reason why EBAA strongly advises Business Aviation companies to prepare for a no deal scenario. To do so we encourage our Members to consult their legal counsels who might be in a position to assess their ability to operate post-Brexit and to advise you on contingency plans based on your specific operations that could be activated after Friday, March 29, 2019.

European Commission & and “hard Brexit” preparation:

In preparation of a possible no deal scenario, the European Commission on 19 December 2018 issued proposals for two regulations concerning aviation. While they will not become law unless and until approved by the EU Parliament and Council, they provide the clearest present indication of the Commission’s policy and the EU legislative framework that is likely to apply.

The first proposal would permit UK carriers or operators, for the period until 30 March 2020, to:

– fly across EU territory without landing, and makes stops in it for non-traffic purposes; and

– perform scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and/or cargo services between any point in the UK and any point in the EU but with frequencies on routes limited to the total number of frequencies operated on such routes during the equivalent traffic season in 2018,

subject to equivalent treatment by the UK of EU carriers.

The Commission’s second proposal concerns more technical matters – the continued provisional validity of certain aviation safety certificates.

Please note that both proposals might be amended by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament.

British Government & and “hard Brexit” preparation:

More information available / to be updated and adapted on the section of the British Government website dedicated to aviation and Europe

What’s next?

  • EBAA is working with some of its Members to develop a Brexit checklist for operators; the document will be communicated as soon as possible to EBAA Members.
  • Brexit Panel discussion at EBACE2019 in Geneva: 22 May 2019 from 15.30 to 16.30

Other resources:

EBAA’s Brexit Report: Brexit Scenarios For Business Aviation

Need more information ?

Please contact David Grivet at dgrivet@ebaa.org

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