Published on Monday, December 4, 2017

BALPA 'cautiously' welcomes progress on post-Brexit aviation regulation

Pilots union BALPA has 'cautiously' welcomed reports that the Government intends for the UK to remain under European safety standards post-Brexit.

The Government is reportedly proposing to the EU that the UK remain a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is currently responsible aviation licensing, regulation and safety.

But BALPA said it's not clear how this will square with the Government's 'red line' regarding the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: "We would welcome any move to give much needed clarity and certainty to the aviation sector. We therefore ask Government to confirm that staying part of EASA is indeed its policy. Although EASA isn't perfect - we have disagreed with them over levels of flying hours for pilots, for example - it is imperative that the 'no deal' threat is lifted urgently.

"Membership of EASA is only one element that needs to be resolved. We also need clarity on air transport rights in the EU to ensure that UK airlines can continue to operate and thrive across the continent.

"The Government needs to confirm that this is indeed a first step on the road to certainty, and do so quickly."

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  • Belonging to European-based organisation... not the same as belonging to the EU. There are many organisations (some of which are older than the EU) to which people and orgnisations can belong without being members of the EU. That the EU negotiators will no doubt try to be awkward about this, is a sad fact of the present Brexit negotiations - but in this, as in other aspects of the negotiations, we need to be firm and determined and not allow ourselves to be dragged into pernickity arguments about detail.

    By Richard English, Monday, December 4, 2017

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