On 23 June 2016, a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The result was 52% in favour of leaving the EU.
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Our statement on the EU referendum
Following the referendum on EU membership there will be no immediate change to civil aviation regulation nor the CAA’s role in the EU and in relation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) framework.
The UK continues to be a part of the European single market for aviation. Over the last three decades this single market has led to additional connectivity and competition and has lowered fares for consumers. This is underpinned by a range of market wide safety, security and consumer protection measures.
The CAA will now be working closely with the Department for Transport in assisting the UK Government as negotiations on exiting the EU progress. We will ensure that Government is fully appraised of the consumer and industry benefits provided by the current arrangements and specifically in relation to our continued role within the EASA framework and the European Common Aviation Area.
Q&A: EU referendum and CAAi
Does the EU referendum vote to leave the European Union affect the UK CAA’s EASA membership status?
There will be no immediate change to civil aviation regulation nor the CAA’s role in the EU and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
There will always be a clear need for close co-operation with European and international regulators and the UK CAA and CAAi will continue to participate fully and collaborate with EASA for the foreseeable future.
Any changes in the longer-term will depend on the outcome of the UK’s negotiations on exiting the EU. The UK CAA will be working closely with the Department for Transport in assisting the UK Government in the months ahead as discussions progress, highlighting the importance of retaining close co-operation with international aviation partners.
Will CAAi still be able to advise on aviation regulation, in accordance with EASA standards?
Although the UK public has voted to leave the EU, the UK CAA is still currently an EASA member state, and European aviation regulation has not changed. Our UK CAA regulators remain involved in European level activities and are responsible for regulating the UK to EASA standards. CAAi is therefore still best placed to utilise the UK CAA’s significant experience and expertise to advise on European aviation regulatory best practice.
Will the UK’s vote to leave the EU affect CAAi’s ability to deliver existing consultancy contracts?
No. The UK CAA is still currently part of the European regulatory system and is fully committed to continuing close co-operation with European and international regulators. CAAi and the UK CAA are committed to delivering on all existing client contracts, in a joint effort to raising aviation standards across the globe.
Is CAAi still eligible to bid for EASA technical cooperation contracts?
Yes. Existing contracts with EASA are not affected by the UK public’s vote to leave the EU.
CAAi’s eligibility to bid on future EASA contracts will be subject to the outcome of the wider negotiations between the British Government and the EU, but we will make the case for the UK to continue to play a central role at the EASA table in the future.