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Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ryanair threatens to ground UK flights after Brexit

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has reportedly suggested he wants to ground flights for a brief period after Britain leaves the European Union to make voters realise the impact of Brexit.

Speaking alongside other airline leaders at a conference in Brussels, O'Leary said he wanted to 'create an opportunity' by making people realise they are 'no longer going to have cheap holidays'.

He said: "I think it's in our interests - not for a long period of time - that the aircraft are grounded.

"It's only when you get to that stage where you're going to persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.

"You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that's your choice, but everything will fundamentally change."

O'Leary said there would be a 'real crisis' as flights between the UK and the EU will be disrupted after Brexit.

"When you begin to realise that you're no longer going to have cheap holidays in Portugal or Spain or Italy, you've got to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland as your only holiday options, maybe we'll begin to rethink the whole Brexit debate.

"They were misled and I think we have to create an opportunity."

Lufthansa chief Carsten Sphor responded to O'Leary's suggestion, saying: "In theory, if we could use this industry to prove to the British how wrong the decision was, that might be a good thing."

However, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren told O'Leary: "If you start grounding your planes, I'm flying."

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  • Remainer loonacy.

    Heard some daft things about Brexit, but this is about the daftest. Nobody thought things would be the same, but no one thinks that the UK will close for business.

    By Ian MacLean, Monday, June 11, 2018

  • We have woken up!!!!

    There are many and good cogent arguments for Brexit, I`m not going to rehearse the arguments in detail again, that would be pointless. save to say the EU is rapidly becoming very uncompetitive and protectionist in their dealings with the rest of the world. Back to O`Leary,many people, on both sides of the debate, will no doubt find it offensive that the CEO of a foreign owned airline, and not a UK national himself, has made such crude threats. Jet2 and Easyjet et al must rubbing their hands in glee.. Time he engaged his brain.....

    By paul howgate, Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • Wake Up??

    Pete, sadly there has been lies told on both sides of this debate, personally I knew it wouldn't be the easiest exercise the UK has ever undertaken but in the longer term we will be better off. Remember we were a leading global power long before the EU, so have more faith. Yes it will be tough for the next few years but we have to think beyond that, not for us but for our kids and grandkids sake. Centralised control is NOT the way forward, never has been, never will be, just look at history. Even the EU's own figures confirm that some 90% of growth over the next 10/15 years will be from outside the EU. Brexit doesn't have to be so painful, the EU are making it so to punish us, the EU is not exactly stable and they are desperate to discourage any further departures, they want the UK to suffer and our economy to go down the toilet, which it won't of course. As a sovereign nation do we really want to be manipulated like that, (a rhetorical question) and the control will only ever grow and become more ingrained.

    By Keith Standen, Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • WAKE UP !

    For goodness sake - where do you get these readers from ? Yes, O'Leary is doing a publicity stunt, but he would be better off doing it now, while there is still the faintest chance of stopping the car crash of Brexit. Of course democracy is important - we have a parliamentary democracy so these things are considered by our representatives who hopefully don't all get their (distorted) information from the Daily Mail, lies painted on the side of a bus or Bob the Bigot down the pub! Crashing out of the EU is going to kill the economy of the UK - yes, we will survive but why on earth do you want to be poorer for years to come? Do some research on the facts of the case and then engage brain before posting.

    By Pete Stewart, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • Talk about doom & gloom!

    I agree with all the other comments made so far. Why do so many people think that without the all-controlling EU, Britain will collapse into obscurity or anarchy. The sooner we're out the better. As for Mr O'Leary, this is just another opportunity to get the name Ryanair into print, there's no way he will ground planes for such a pointless reason.

    By Keith Standen, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • Good!

    More business for companies who KNOW how to run an airline PROPERLY.

    By Peter Mannell, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • Democracy...

    It seems a shame that Mr O'Leary wishes to overturn the democratic choice of the British people, perhaps he would like to choose the next government as well...

    By Graham Fisher, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  • What nonsense

    Nothing will change. Just like Trump winning, Brexit is here & eu is vollapsing. Get used to it. Its not going to change

    By Michael Anderson, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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