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Praise for EASA decision

Confirmation by prime minister Theresa May last week that UK membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would be on the table in Brexit talks has been welcomed by Airlines UK, which represents UK-registered carriers.

Chief executive Tim Alderslade said: “Airlines are clear that it is vital for the UK to continue membership of EASA, with all EASA rules and regulations applied to UK operators and companies based here.

“We’re pleased the PM has formally put this on the table ahead of the negotiation. As she set out, there is precedent, as non-EU countries such as Switzerland are members and in return for paying in to the budget contribute fully to the technical working groups and policy committees and play an active role in rule making.”

The Swiss had similar issues with the ECJ as the UK and yet this had not prevented them from working within EASA to improve international aviation safety, Alderslade added.

“The UK has always made a substantial contribution to EASA with respect to both people and funding – supplying around 50 members of staff and paying in more than €5m a year to the budget,” he noted.

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