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UK will leave EU aviation safety regulator

Christian Fernsby |
Grant Shapps said British membership of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will come to an end at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.

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Topics: AVIATION    UK   

The minister said powers would revert to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Britain's aerospace industry has criticised the government after the transport secretary confirmed the UK will leave the European aviation safety regulator by the end of the year.

"We will leave EASA. A lot of the expertise they have is UK expertise, in fact. A lot of the key leading lights were Brits," he told Aviation Week during a visit to Washington.

"So, the powers will revert to the CAA, who are probably one of the world's leading regulators and the expertise will need to come home to do that, but we'll do it in a gradual way."

However, industry body ADS, which represents the UK's aerospace businesses, said being part of EASA was the "best option" in order to maintain competitiveness and that it was "disappointed" in the government's approach.

"We have been clear that continued participation in EASA is the best option to maintain the competitiveness of our £36bn aerospace industry and our access to global export markets," said ADS chief executive Paul Everitt.

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