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Safety and security

Safety and security

The safety and security framework for connectivity between the UK and EU is complex, comprehensive and deliverd world-class levels of performance on the industry’s number one priority. There can be no compromise to keeping passengers and shipments safe and secure.

 

Whatever Brexit scenario unfolds, Iata calls for the UK to remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) at least as a "third country member", while Easa and the CAA should be allowed to initiate detailed technical discussions on the future relationship between the two bodies.

 

Mutual recognition of professional licences, standards for materials and parts, and other safety elements, should be put in place to come into effect immediately after March.

 

Aviation security, for both passengers and cargo, will be highly impacted in case of a no deal scenario. When it comes to recognition of security measures, all parties should work towards a deal where the status quo, is maintained.

 

“It is ridiculous that formal discussions on the future relationship between EASA and the UK CAA have been forbidden," said de Juniac. "This is aviation safety we are talking about – the number one priority for everyone connected with air transport and the top responsibility for governments.

 

"We understand the complexity of the political issues at stake. But safety and security should be non-negotiable."

Border Management

Border Management

A no-deal Brexit increases the likelihood of EU travellers being added to already over-long queues at UK passport control.

 

An alternative scenario would be to create a "third lane" which could process EU passengers more quickly. But in either scenario, investment is needed to recruit and train more staff.

 

The situation regarding goods is even more complex, with almost no clarity on customs arrangements. The most likely scenario, even under a transition period, is for shipments to be delayed or disrupted, as new customs procedures become established.

 

“Interference with the movement of people and goods will have a major and immediate knock-on impact to economic activity in both the UK and the EU," said de Juniac.

 

"Solutions to minimise disruption are of paramount importance. We must have clarity on future border and customs arrangements now, if we are to plan for an orderly post-Brexit situation."

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