In Parliament today I called on the UK Government to provide safeguards for the aerospace industry in Wales with further Brexit negotiations approaching.
Key businesses in the sector, including Airbus, have voiced concern that a no-deal Brexit could lead to regulatory divergence between the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, with a potential knock-on effect on supply chains through increased costs and concerns about the safety certification of aircraft parts and products. Airbus are calling for all EASA-issued regulatory standards to remain valid in the UK after Brexit.
Speaking at Welsh Questions, I said “Airbus employ many of my constituents in Newport and Filton and the close collaboration between the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency is vitally important to this industry in Wales. What are the government doing to safeguard this?”
Wales Office Minister Mims Davies responded by acknowledging the jobs opportunities supported by the avionic sector in Wales, and mentioned that the UK Government was looking closely at examples of regulatory models currently used by non-EU countries like Switzerland.