Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019

European Parliament votes to allow UK-EU flights in Brexit no-deal

The European Parliament has voted to allow UK airlines to continue to operate routes to and from the UK to EU countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In a vote yesterday, it also agreed that there will be no cap on flights at summer 2018 levels.

UK airlines will also be able to make stops in EU countries and fly over EU airspace.
The European Council is expected to approve the legislation shortly.
Although it welcomed the move, ABTA said securing a Brexit deal is the preferred outcome.
"Agreeing a deal between the UK and the EU should be the priority for politicians on both sides, however it is important that there are plans in place should a no-deal occur," said chief executive Mark Tanzer.

"This vote builds on the previous reassurances holidaymakers and business travellers have had from both the EU and UK Government that, deal or no-deal, flights will continue, meaning people can book with confidence.
"Reaching a deal is very much the preferred outcome and we encourage politicians to explore all options to avoid a no-deal. If the UK and the EU agree a deal, there will then be a transition period which means everything will stay the same until the end of 2020."

Last night the House of Commons voted to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances, by 321 to 278, a majority of 43.~

However, this no-deal vote is not binding because under current law the UK could still leave without a deal on 29 March, unless an extension is agreed with the EU.

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