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UK to leave EASA

In a move away from a previously-stated position under former Prime Minister Theresa May where UK ministers had expressed an intention to remain in EASA back in 2018, current Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, announced on 6 March that the UK will withdraw as a member state of EASA following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 Dec 2020.

In a statement, Shapps outlined that the UK will seek mutual recognition of certifications in bilateral agreements with other countries and blocs and that he envisaged the CAA eventually “over a period of time” assume responsibility for new aircraft type certificates and airworthiness approvals.

A significant factor in the UK’s current concern over EASA participation is over the influence of the European Court of regarding disputes.

A number of stakeholders have voiced concern over the time and cost it would take to create a UK safety authority that has the same level of expertise as EASA today.

Round 4 of the Brexit negotiations will discuss transport and are currently planned to take place between 27-30 April in London, however this timetable is now in doubt following cancellation of talks that were scheduled for this week as a result of COVID-19.