Brexit, Aviation and the Withdrawal 9

IMG_3794Although we are in a – more to follow – time, the shape of the future aviation relationship between the EU and UK goes along these lines:

“The Government believes there is mutual benefit in an air transport agreement covering market access for air services, aviation safety and security, and collaboration on air traffic management.”[1]

In other statements the repetitious reference to national sovereignty is peculiar.  In case the authors haven’t noticed the UK is no longer an EU Member State.  Above and beyond this, over the generations, the UK has signed a parade of international treaties and each one of them pools some degree of sovereignty.  Clearly, negotiations on a new treaty will necessitate the same.  Even more so because of the proximity of the two parties.  One witty journalist has commented: my advice on Brexit: just ignore everything for the next couple of weeks.

The UK will be negotiating with a whole host of States.  I wonder how productive all the mischief by unnamed “sources” around Number 10 Downing Street is being viewed by across the rest of the world?  The dangerous impression can go abroad that great care should be taken before trusting this recently elected Conservative Government.

Time for some good news.  Yes, there is some good news.  It underlines a commitment, at a working level to national investments on the aerospace industries beyond Brexit.  This week there was an event to launch the “Aerospace Sector Deal – One Year On” report[2] by the UK’s Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP).  The AGP is a partnership between the UK Government, industry and others.

The event was hosted at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)[3] in Wales.  In the past its projects have been funded by UK institutions, European Commission and other external bodies, and involve collaboration with research and industrial partners.  Such collaborations are of mutual benefit.  Let’s hope that no new unnecessary barriers are erected between researchers on either side of the channel.

One sad news to note is that because we are no longer citizens of an EU Member States, British professionals are no longer eligible to apply for jobs in EU Agencies.  For example, to get a job at EASA in Cologne you need to be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.  As written, this excludes the recruiting of UK staff, unless of course that they have more than one passport.  So, much for the power of that new blue/black UK passport displayed on the front pages of British newspapers this weekend.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-future-relationship-between-the-uk-and-the-eu

[2] https://aerospacegrowthpartnership.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/aerospace-sector-deal-one-year-on-vf-1.pdf

[3] https://www.amrc.co.uk/pages/about

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