Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert and Broadcaster comments: In a move that is bound to impact on aviation, the UK will be leaving the EU. Its generically known as BREXIT. Belatedly a structure to manage the arcane Article 50 process, is announced with the odd sounding title: Department for Exiting the EU (DfEtEU) and farmer-friendly back bench Stewart Jackson MP for Peterborough in a plumb role.
In reality, I fail to see how this can work for our aviation and related industries, as there is no specific designation for aviation bi-lateral agreements and transfer of funding/ management of cross-border organisations such as Eurocontrol.
The most likely 'pigeonhole' for aviation related matters would seem to be that under the stewardship of Antony Phillipson, Director of Trade and Partnerships or could it be Catherine Webb Director of Market Access and Budget?
Clearly the industry will have to substantially increase the amount of resource to ensure their demands are properly addressed, and not buried under a pile of competing demands from other well-organised sectors.
Also clocking up Gold during the Olympics season: It will not have gone unnoticed that farmers have today already won a huge concession, all existing EU payments ( Essentially the Common Agricultural Policy lives on! ) to farmers are to continue, and we foolishly thought that £3billion would be going to the NHS?
The Treasury confirmed: Payments to farmers at the present rates, will also be guaranteed for the next four years.
By pure coincidence, it is well known that Stewart Jackson MP for Peterborough, who is intimately involved with the heart of the new BREXIT department, is also very close to farmers in his constituency (and relied on them for his return to parliament, albeit with a much reduced majority).
The aviation industry which generated much needed foreign exchange might like to put a bid in for a like amount of say £3billion, if only to speed up the much needed and delayed expansion of Gatwick and Stansted? But what about Heathrow? We cannot understand the rationale for continuing with the Heathrow bid, it'll create massive west London traffic disruption over many years and wipe out a highly populated area.
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