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Chancellor Philip Hammond claims Brexit could end flights between UK and EU

Chancellor Philip Hammond claims Brexit could end flights between UK and EU Foreignoffice/Flickr

FLIGHTS between the UK and the EU could cease if a Brexit deal is not agreed according to Philip Hammond.

Speaking to the Treasury Committee, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said: “It’s conceivable there will be no air traffic moving between the EU and the UK on 29 March, 2019.”

Whilst he conceded that such an outcome was unlikely, Hammond confirmed that the British Government was planning for all outcomes on the EU talks.

He cited the need to assess what a realistic worst-case scenario would be for Britain but added that the Treasury has no intention of publishing any plans at present and that it is too early to put a figure on investments required.

The Chancellor believes that mutual self-interest will result in a strong desire on both sides to reach an air traffic agreement.

Ryanair boss Michael O´Leary has made similar predictions regarding UK-EU flights coming to a halt, stating that routes to Europe would be cancelled for months after Brexit unless agreements are made prior to its EU departure. He said:

“There is a real prospect, and we need to deal with this, that there are going to be no flights between the UK and Europe for a period of weeks, months beyond March 2019.

"There is not going to be an interim agreement, there is not going to be a legal basis, we will be cancelling flights, we will be cancelling people’s holidays for summer of 2019.”

Comments (7)

  1. Sam B

Some really disturbing nonsensical comments here from desperately disturbed people. Re. 1939 to 45 for example, the only flights were millitary bombers and fighter planes which risked being shot down! The comments, implying ending flights would...

Some really disturbing nonsensical comments here from desperately disturbed people. Re. 1939 to 45 for example, the only flights were millitary bombers and fighter planes which risked being shot down! The comments, implying ending flights would be a good thing, are breathtaking in their ignorance. Just pull up your drawbridges, starve in your little castles and stick to holidays in Tunbridge Wells - if you can afford them!

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  1. Lyn Thompson

Don't some people realise a lot of perishable foodstuffs come in from the EU by air, foreign visitors spend a lot of money in British shops. About time they grew up and got a life.

 
  1. David Allison

I suppose its easy for France to forget and change allegiances from friends to murderers, The sooner we leave this evil biased so called union, the better. NO MATTER WHAT THE COST.

 
  1. John Whyte

We didn't need permission to fly over Europe 1939 to 1945 did we now .

 
  1. Ian Hannah

Dear oh dear. How are all the British OAP's going to get to Benidorm for their annual winter break. Shouldn't have voted to leave in the referendum should they ?
What an absolute mess the whole thing is !

 
  1. Gayle Stephen

IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT ANY AND ALL FLIGHTS TO THE EVIL AND DISGUSTING EU DICTSTORSHIP END ALTOGETHER WHATEVER THE COST. CONTINUING FLIGHTS TO THE EU IS THE ULTIMATE ACT OF TREASON AND THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL OF OUR DEMOCRATIC VOTE.

 
  1. David

Good! There are plenty of places to go on holiday in Britain and it should keep the country from flooding with foreigners for a while. At last, Brexit is starting to bring some decent results!

 
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