Brexit hope for anti Heathrow cam­paign

‘Leav­ing the EU lessens chance of third run­way’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

A THIRD run­way at Heathrow is “much less likely” now Bri­tain has voted to leave the EU , it has been claimed.

John Ste­wart, chair­man of the anti-Heathrow ex­pan­sion group HACAN, said David Cameron’s res­ig­na­tion and wide­spread pre­dic­tions that Boris John­son will be the next prime min­is­ter have se­ri­ously dented the air­port’s hopes of a third run­way.

“It’s now much less likely there will be a third run­way than it would have been had we voted to re­main in the EU,” said Mr Ste­wart.

“People like Boris John­son are the win­ners of this ref­er­en­dum. If he be­comes prime min­is­ter or has a big post in a new gov­ern­ment it’s much less likely there will be a third run­way.

“It’s also very un­likely there will be a July de­ci­sion. I now ex­pect an an­nounce­ment this au­tumn.”

Mr Ste­wart added that he be­lieved the ref­er­en­dum re­sult could also lead to the res­ig­na­tion of Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne, viewed by many pun­dits as being pro-Heathrow ex­pan­sion, from the Gov­ern­ment.

Heathrow said the out­come of the ref­er­en­dum made the case for a third run­way “stronger than ever”.

A spokesper­son for the air­port said: “With to­day’s re­sult, the case for ex­pan­sion at Heathrow is stronger than ever be­fore.

Only Heathrow can help Bri­tain be the great trad­ing na­tion con­nect­ing all re­gions of the UK to the world. It is the key­stone that con­nects busi­nesses of ev­ery size to mar­kets across the world as the UK’s only global hub air­port.

“Global con­nec­tions are crit­i­cal for a new out­ward-look­ing UK to help our busi­nesses and econ­omy to thrive – and with ex­pan­sion we can de­liver up to 40 new des­ti­na­tions on top of the 83 we serve now.

“We are con­fi­dent that the Gov­ern­ment will make the right choice for the fu­ture of the UK, put­ting the in­ter­ests of the coun­try first.”

“We look for­ward to work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment and its agen­cies on next steps.”

Heathrow had been a clear favourite to get a new run­way, ahead of Gatwick, since the Air­ports Com­mis­sion last sum­mer rec­om­mended a third run­way should be built there.

Mr John­son has cam­paigned vo­cif­er­ously against a third run­way , along with fel­low Leave cam­paigner Zac Gold­smith.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP has in­stead voiced his sup­port for a new air­port, dubbed Boris Island, which would be built in the Thames Es­tu­ary.

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