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Latest update 17 May 2018. The latest Brexit brochure can be downloaded from the button above.

Scroll down the page to read ERA’s position on Brexit. 

Update

Latest update 17/05/2018: The European Union has published a governance framework for an EU-UK possible framework future solution on 15 May 2018. Please find it in the downloads section of this page.

In April, the Commission put out a notice to all stakeholders regarding the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and the EU aviation safety rules. This is not in keeping with the ERA position on the matter -  "Continued application of EASA regulatory standards to UK operators and undertakings to support common safety compliance and a competitive, harmonised supply chain (for aircraft parts and materials) across the wider European region." ERA continues to advocate a bespoke bilateral that would allow the UK continued membership of EASA under unprecedented measures, given the highly successful, bench marking nature of EASA to date. 

15/03/2018: An article on Brexit recently featured in ERA's Regional International magazine is available for download from the top of this page.

23/02/2018: The latest Brexit brochure can be downloaded from the button above.

On 7 February, the European Commission’s Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50TEU published a position paper on ‘Transitional Arrangements in the Withdrawal Agreement’. It translates into legal terms the principles laid down in the European Council Guidelines of 29 April and 15 December 2017 and in the supplementary negotiating directives annexed the Council Decision of 29 January 2018. The paper is available to be downloaded from the top of this page. 

In December 2017, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) issued a ‘Notice to operators subject to Union legislation in the field of air transport’ regarding Brexit. The document is attached and can also be found on the EC’s website at: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/legislation/2017-12-11-notice-to-stakeholders-air-transport.pdf
 
Aviation is at the top of the priorities together with employment, borders and visas, and consumer protection and this document acknowledges the special circumstances of air transport. The document refers operators to Regulation EU1008/2008 under which Community air carriers are governed with specific reference to the legal repercussions in the field of air transport. 

There is still a high level of ambiguity and uncertainty and ERA is lobbying to request clarification to allow operators to plan and book slots for 2019 and beyond.  ERA continues to lobby for a fair and fitting Brexit result.  The general consensus in the industry is for an open bilateral EU–UK. Further information and announcements will be given to all ERA members the new year. A copy of ERA’s position paper on Brexit is also available to be downloaded at the top of this page.

ERA's current position

ERA's Brexit position paper is available to download at the top of this page.

As a pan-European association with a membership wider than the EU, ERA does not normally involve itself in decisions taken by a particular European country. However, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have an impact beyond the UK and will have an effect across the ERA member network.

The ERA Board adopted a resolution at the October 2016 meeting in Madrid, calling the UK and EU authorities to work towards a solution ensuring:
• Full and open traffic rights between the EU and the UK as currently allowed in EU regulation 1008/2008,
• UK registered carriers continue to retain the rights allowed for in EU regulation 1008/2008,
• Continued application of EASA rules and regulations to UK operators and companies based in the UK to create a common European regulatory framework.

The UK Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority have constituted a stakeholder working group in order to provide regular updates on UK Government plans for developing air transport agreements and to discuss access to the EU Single Aviation Market. ERA has secured a place on this group and will update members as to progress.

The EU and the UK began historic negotiations on the 19 June 2017 to facilitate the orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU after over 40 years as a member state. Initial discussions (Phase 1) have revolved around three key policy areas, the mutual rights of British citizens living in the EU and vice versa, the financial settlement and the Irish border. It has been agreed, by both EU and UK (reluctantly) negotiators that an accord will be reached in terms of these fundamental areas prior to further negotiations, including trade and future relationships, leaving industry on both sides of the channel anxious and frustrated.

In response, following extensive research and consultation with our members, ERA has produced a position paper on Brexit, designed to assist policymakers and those involved in the negotiations of the future arrangements between the EU and UK.  The position paper is now available to download at the top of this page. This will be followed up by an intense lobbying campaign on behalf of our member base. 

ERA continues to be an advocate for the aviation industry throughout the process, however no process can proceed until the EU has decided that ‘sufficient progress’ has been made regarding the aforementioned key policy areas. This decision is due in October at the European Summit. ERA has held meetings with the aviation representative from the EU Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of Negotiations to ensure our member concerns are outlined and understood. ERA will continue to meet with EU negotiators to lobby our members’ position on the matter. Further meetings are diarised for meeting with DfT, DexEU representatives to present our policy paper, again to ensure ERA member concerns are present throughout negotiations. As part of our continuing monitoring process, ERA attended the DfT Aviation EU Exit Stakeholder Workshop in late September.

Contact

For further information please contact caroline.osullivan@eraa.org