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Latest update 07 September 2017


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 will attend the DfT Aviation EU Exit Stakeholder Workshop in late September, with an update to follow in this section.

The next Industry Affairs group meeting will take place on the 7th November 2017, at the ACI Europe offices in Brussels.


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