EU ‘to control British aviation AFTER Brexit’ as May steps over red line

BRITAIN will seek to remain in an aviation safety body under the indirect jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, crossing another one of Theresa May’s “red lines”.

The Prime Minister’s Cabinet appears to have caved to bullies in Brussels as Brexit negotiations intensify.In order to prevent disruption to planes after Brexit the UK is expected to ask to be part of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The body sets standards across Europe and is in charge of vital safety and maintenance checks.

Going ahead with it will cross Mrs May’s red line over there being “no ECJ jurisdiction after Brexit”.

But insiders say the plan is being drawn up.

A source told Sky News it is not a cap in hand situation as the UK provides a huge amount of the technical expertise in the EASA.

The request will be modelled as an offer since the valuable UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is calculated to produce 40 per cent of the officials with expert knowledge which keeps the EASA running.

One source said: “It is part of the second phase negotiating process, but it would be bizarre if we couldn’t be part of it.

“Plenty of countries outside of the EU are in EASA, although they don’t keep voting rights”.

Theresa May's cabinet will offer control to EuropeGETTY

Theresa May’s cabinet will make an offer to the European Union over aviation safety control

The Department for Transport has reportedly offered assurances to the aviation industry and aeronautical manufacturers.Under Article 66 of EASA regulations a “clear” legal route for Britain to become a third-party country participant.

If the deal is accepted, any domestic fallouts over the application of safety regulation would be under the jurisdiction of UK courts, Sky reports.

Yet under EASA rules the ECJ is the ultimate arbiter of EASA rulings.

Pressure has been piled on the Government by the US Federal Aviation Authority amid warnings flights will break the law if they are not under a legal structure for aviation safety.

That would be impossible to accede to, so you have to accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ, which oversees the European agency, EASA, to avoid that happening

Captain Mike Vivian

Captain Mike Vivian, former head of flight operations and chief flight operations inspector at the CAA, told Sky News: “If you have an alternative system of jurisdiction… if you do that in aviation, you could of course open up different safety standards.”That would be impossible to accede to, so you have to accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ, which oversees the European agency, EASA, to avoid that happening.

“I can’t see there’s any way out of that. It’s a red line, it seems to me, the Government is going to have to cross.”

Giants in the aviation world appear to have taken Brexit in their stride, including British Airways and Heathrow Airport.

Less well established players on the market are concerned the split could damage business.

May is 'set to make an aviation deal' with the EU GETTY

Theresa May’s ministers are drawing up plans to offer the EU UK expertise in the aviation industry

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C A Dark
C A Dark

It’s almost impossible for the ordinary voter to demand May stands down; we only seem to have “power” at election-times, and right now there are no elections. Personally I’d be more than happy to flood the streets in protest, but it needs hundreds and hundreds of thousands to do the same…they will when they start suffering, and/or they are hit in the pocket, but it shouldnt really be necessary to get to that state.

Jane Davies
Jane Davies

I’m really sick and tired of reading article after article of what this traitorous PM is allowing to happen. This woman does NOT WANT THE UK TO LEAVE THE EU therefore she should not be Prime Minister. When are you folks over there going to demand she steps down and insist on a cabinet made up entirely of leavers? This farce would be funny if it wasn’t so bloody serious, when are people going to flood the streets and demand an end to this debacle because at the moment the news coming out of these so called negotiations confirms that… Read more »

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