On the 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted in an advisory referendum to leave the European Union (EU). 74 days to go before the date scheduled for Brexit and the Country is still vacillating.
As time ticks away its not a bad idea to have an eye on priorities. If there’s some issues that rank above others in importance. This is recognised throughout aviation. It’s the way we construct an Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM). Top of the list in an AFM are the Emergency Procedures. It seems to me that we need a set of Brexit Emergency Procedures. The future relationship between the UK and EU remains unclear and may do so for a long time. That said, I’m not alone in considering what might happen in the different scenarios that can come into play.
Having made this proposition what would be in such a set of procedures? Here’s a non-exclusive list of major topics that can not be left to chance.
- Air Services Agreements
- Safety Regulation
- Security Management
- Air Traffic Management
Today, civil aviation is regulated at European level. All 5 of these subjects have been addressed in recent advisory publications at both national and European level. However, it is still up to individual aviation stakeholders how and when they react. There are no new directives that mandate a course of action for air transport services, even the essential ones.
If chaos does ensue on the effective withdrawal as of midnight (00h00) on 30 March 2019, then it will not be easy to understand where blame should rest. The resolution of problems will need a forum to coordinate fixes too. That is the unfortunate nature of the current situation.
Aviation is a dynamic part of the UK, contributing £52 billion to UK gross domestic product (GDP) and supporting close to one million jobs. To be where we are now, with only 74 days to go is highly disadvantageous, to say the least.