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Aerospace industry seeks Brexit reassuranceND

Faisal Islam, BBC, Friday October 11, 2019

As negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union draw to a head, the UK’s leading aerospace industry body has sought reassurance from the British government over its commitment to EU regulatory institutions after Brexit. The peak industry body is growing increasingly worried about regulatory alignment across Europe and the ability to bring products to market after a Brexit deal is made. They have asked that the UK continue to be a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), after previous negotiations between the May Government and the EU made such assurances. The British government is facing criticism from key manufacturers amid growing industrial concern that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s negotiators have dropped existing commitments to participate in vital EU regulatory institutions. The letter sent to Cabinet Ministers said the failure to continue its membership with EASA will result in "huge new costs and disruptions to many of our member companies." A government spokesperson said: "Where necessary, the government will pursue additional agreements to cover areas outside traditional FTAs - for example, on aviation and civil nuclear cooperation."

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