No-deal Brexit threatens to ground UK flights to EU | DW English

The future of the £ 34bn UK aerospace sector will be in jeopardy if ministers fail to reach agreement with the EU on mutual recognition of parts and components.

The deal is reportedly not part of any previous Brexit trade dialogue. Today, about 110 thousand people are employed in the above segment..

The UK is the second largest aerospace manufacturer in the world. Clients without agreement of the parties «go to competitors or British companies decide to move».

The issue escalated as global aircraft orders dropped to near zero in September due to a sharp drop in demand caused by the pandemic..

All thirteen aircraft were ordered in the three months from July to September, ADS data shows..

ADS points out that ministers did not pay due attention to the agreement on certification of aerospace components in their trade negotiations with the EU, preferring to focus on issues such as fishing rights.

Without mutual recognition, manufacturers may face additional costs and difficulties amid the already existing problems provoked by the coronavirus.

«Even with a deal, we will face significant additional costs. Without her, things will be even worse», – said the executive director of ADS Paul Everitt.

Currently, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certifies all aerospace parts produced within the EU and has mutual recognition agreements with regulators around the world..

However, from January 1st, all UK-designed aircraft parts will automatically become invalid in the EU..

The UK’s own Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will take over the certification function, but experts fear that it does not yet have sufficient competence to carry out such work..

«We definitely need this deal. If not, the sector will need interim measures imposed by the EU to recognize UK-approved design changes.», – believes Everitt.

UK aerospace business could collapse without EU deal

Major manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce have already pulled project teams out of the UK in an effort to avoid additional costs..

Some UK businesses also arrange for EASA (responsible for aircraft readiness certification across the EU) to oversee certain activities to make sure they can supply parts to companies like Airbus..

Everitt said that if the deal is not struck, the UK’s dominance in the global aerospace industry will be undermined as development slows..

He said that EASA and CAA independently sought to find the best solution to the problem, but politicians prevented this..

«Since there are serious political conflicts between the UK and the EU, agencies are not free to negotiate a reasonable deal on their own.», – said the executive director of ADS.

A British government spokesman said intensive negotiations on all fronts will continue in London this week..

«Aviation and aerospace are critical industries for both the UK and the EU, and we have a common interest in ensuring their continued prosperity», – he stated.

UK aerospace business could collapse without EU deal

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