GAMA’S re­sponse to Brexit White Pa­per

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The Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has re­sponded to the Bri­tish Govern­ment’s White Pa­per on Brexit thus:

‘We hope this White Pa­per will be a cat­a­lyst for ac­cel­er­at­ing the UK Govern­ment’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Euro­pean Union. The pa­per pro­vides lon­gawaited clar­ity that the UK wishes to con­tinue to be a part of the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency, which would min­imise reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers for in­dus­try whilst main­tain­ing high lev­els of avi­a­tion safety across Europe.

‘The pa­per’s pro­pos­als on the Sin­gle Mar­ket for Goods and Cus­toms ar­range­ments also of­fer some op­tions to avoid dis­rup­tion to the sup­ply chain of air­craft parts that cross the Chan­nel ev­ery day, which any new tar­iffs, cus­toms or com­pli­ance checks would cause. It re­mains to be seen how these pro­pos­als will play out dur­ing the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

‘There are sev­eral ques­tions that re­main unan­swered, in­clud­ing the move­ment of avi­a­tion per­son­nel such as pi­lots and main­te­nance tech­ni­cians be­tween the UK and EU, as well as how busi­ness avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions and ser­vices may be im­pacted. With less than nine months un­til the UK’S exit from the EU, there is lit­tle time for both sides to reach agree­ment on key is­sues for our sec­tor, such as avi­a­tion safety over­sight, cus­toms ar­range­ments and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

‘Com­pa­nies are al­ready en­act­ing contin­gency plans for next March be­cause they can­not wait for the out­come of these ne­go­ti­a­tions to plan busi­ness op­er­a­tions for 2019 and be­yond. We re­it­er­ate our call to per­mit EASA and the UK CAA to en­gage in di­a­logue with in­dus­try to make the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions for a no-deal out­come.’

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