A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“We welcome the publication today of the Government's technical notices on the future of aviation regulation in the event that no agreement is reached on the UK's future relationship with the European Union. 

"In the CAA's no-deal planning, our absolute priority is to play our role in maintaining safety and maximising continuity and stability for passengers and the aviation and aerospace industries. 

"Our long-standing preference, and the Government's, is that the UK remains part of the EASA aviation safety system following EU exit. But as a responsible regulator, we must plan for the possible outcome of a non-negotiated withdrawal.  

"In this scenario, the UK Government would incorporate all current EU air transport safety regulations into UK law on March 29, allowing the CAA to continue to recognise safety licences and approvals issued through EASA for up to two years after this date.  

"This step would support our aim of providing continuity and stability for aviation and aerospace organisations by avoiding unnecessary or disproportionate regulation. We urge the EU to follow suit by ensuring there is mutual recognition of aviation approvals issued under both EU and UK regimes. This is strongly in the interests of consumers and businesses in both the EU and the UK.  

"Bringing EU aviation legislation into UK law would also mean that we maintain existing levels of consumer protection for passengers.  

"We call upon the European Commission to allow EASA to hold discussions with us about the detailed technical arrangements that would apply in a no-deal scenario. We are ready to start these talks immediately.”