Brexit & Aviation 79

The European Union (EU) has agreed to extend #Article50 a second time.  This could delay any possible #Brexit until 31 October 2019.  What implications will this have on the UK while it remains in the EU?  A British Parliament House of Commons briefing explains the situation.  

The times we are in could never be called normal.  Brexit trundles on laying waste to everything it touches.  At the same time, British MPs go on a jolly Easter holiday as if nothing much is happening.  But political activists on the ground in the UK are busy campaigning vigorously for UK local elections and an almost certain European Parliamentary election.

Over the last week, talking to people in the US, those who are not avoiding the subject are as divided as we are in the UK.  The object of their division is one man.   President Trump is either the best President ever or the source of all a nation’s problems.  The Canadians I spoke to, are confused and mystified by the reported behaviour of the UK.

The event I was attending in Atlanta was run by Aviation Week[1].  They are reporting the substantial impacts of Brexit and there’s nothing positive to say on the subject.   The expectation is that it’s going to be a “difficult summer” to say the least.   The lack of clarity over all aspects of the UK’s current situation remains astonishing.   The danger is that it becomes easier to do business in other Countries and the industry avoids investment in the UK.

To say something positive, it was refreshing to see the UK’s Aerospace Wales[2], a trade body representing the aerospace and defence industries in Wales, was exhibiting in Atlanta.

[1] http://m.aviationweek.com/awincommercial/uk-airlines-airports-already-see-substantial-brexit-impact

[2]  www.aerospacewalesforum.com

 

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