Information from the CAA: info.caa.co.uk/euexit/
UK Government has been clear that as the UK exits the EU, its aim is to ensure
continued transport connectivity in support of successful economic and social
ties, and as part of a deep and special future relationship.
The Government continues to
pursue an agreed Brexit by 31 January 2020 but different scenarios are
possible, including that the UK will
leave the EU without agreement.
the future relationship between the EU and the UK on aviation is a matter for
the UK Government in its negotiations with the EU.
page sets out the work that the CAA is undertaking in relation to EU
withdrawal, including our readiness for a potential non-negotiated withdrawal
from the EU on 31 January 2020.
a responsible regulator, the CAA is undertaking the following activities in
preparation for Brexit.
the Government in the Brexit process and preparations:
contingency plans for the regulation of aviation in the event of a
non-negotiated withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020.
the UK's aviation regulator, the CAA provides ongoing advice to the Government
on request on technical aviation matters for support during the negotiations.
EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will convert, if required, existing EU law into UK
law, and preserve existing UK laws which implement EU obligations, ensuring a
smooth and orderly exit.
DfT has developed associated secondary legislation to ensure a functioning
statute book, with CAA's legal and policy support.
UK and EU have agreed that, during the Implementation Period, the UK is to be
treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements for the
duration of the implementation period. This includes the EU-level Bilateral Air
Safety Agreements with the US, Canada and Brazil.
DfT and CAA have worked with their counterpart national aviation authorities to
put in place equivalent agreements for when they are needed.
CAA has been clear since the EU referendum that we consider that the most
positive outcome for UK consumers and the aviation industry would be one where
the UK has continued participation within the EASA system and for
existing systems of mutual recognition between the UK and EASA Member States
Government has also said it is keen to explore the terms of EASA participation
as part of its negotiation with the EU.
this, our contingency planning is based on a scenario in which the UK
Government and CAA take all reasonable steps within their control to reduce
disruption to the aviation industry, but the EU does not agree to a mutual
CAA has developed a microsite to be a central source of information for the aviation
and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be
prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual
help organisations with their own planning for Brexit, we have listed the
assumptions that we used to develop our approach for a potential non-negotiated
withdrawal from the EU.
These assumptions are not representative of the CAA’s view of the most likely, or
desirable, outcome of negotiations and do not reflect Government policy, but
have allowed us as a responsible regulator to prepare for all possible
scenarios. In a non-negotiated outcome in October 2019, we have assumed
a non-negotiated withdrawal scenario, a number of regulatory processes will
need to exist within the UK system so that we are able to continue to regulate
the UK aviation industry. This means that we have been adjusting existing
systems so that they can continue to work in exactly the same way as now – but
with the UK Government and the CAA fulfilling regulatory functions
independently of the EU.
this scenario, translating EU aviation law into UK law will require the CAA to
take on new functions, some of which are currently delivered by EASA. The CAA has implemented plans to fulfil these
functions should they be needed following the UK’s departure from the EU. As an
example, the CAA has created the capability required for the UK to fulfil State
of Design responsibilities independently of EASA should that be
needed once the UK leaves the EU.
CAA has no direct role in the negotiation of air transport agreements, which
govern the rights to fly between two countries. These are formal treaties and
are negotiated directly between governments.
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