The British Government has given guarantees on the continuity of flights between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU), before the eventuality of a hard Bréxit, allowing access to the country of the community airlines until March 2020, after the European Commission (EC) announced the same proposal in February.
London already pointed out in October 2018 that would adopt a "pragmatic approach to ensure" flights and protect the British airlines that fly to Europe. Both proposals will guarantee the connectivity area in any scenario as up to now.
The British Government hopes that these contingency measures are not necessary, since the efforts are focused on reaching an agreement with the EU. In fact, they will only come into force if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.
In a statement, the British Ministry of Transport has stated that «Around 164 million passengers travel between the United Kingdom and the EU every year, so these measures will ensure that passengers can continue taking business and leisure flights in a scenario without agreement ».
Prepared for a hard Bréxit
The negotiating teams of the European Parliament and of the Twenty-seven closed in February a principle of agreement on the contingency measures for reduce the damage in the air sector in case the negotiations for an ordered divorce fail and the United Kingdom comes out for the braves of the community club on March 29.
The principle of agreement, still pending the formal approval of the European Parliament and the Twenty-seven, includes other contingency measures to temporarily allow British licensed airlines to provide basic air transport services between the United Kingdom and the EU countries.
The European Parliament has proposed to give air companies an additional one year term to present their plan (until March 2020) and the Twenty-seven bet rather for a seven-month extension, that is, until October 29 of this year. The consensus achieved assumes that airlines should comply "fully" with community requirements 'At the latest within a period of six months, from the application of the regulation'.
These rights were subject to the United Kingdom granting equivalent rights and respect for conditions that guarantee fair competition. The plan provides for seven months to ensure the continuity of public services while the national authorities make the adaptations required by the new situation.