London Heathrow T5. PHOTO: Wikimedia.

LONDON – It is being announced by government sources that the UK is preparing 27 separate treaties in order to protect flights in case of a no-deal BREXIT scenario.

The government has admitted that there is a chance that when the UK leaves the European Union on March 31 next year, flights may be grounded until deals are made.

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A spokesperson at the Department for Transport commented on this possibility.

“Aviation is absolutely crucial to the UK’s economy and we are committed to getting the best deal possible for the UK.

We will work closely with the international aviation community to ensure that this global industry continues to be a major success story for the UK economy.”

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is coming under fire as a result as these negotiations will go over the heads of the European Commission, which may spark tensions in Brussels.

it is also being said that flights from Europe could be blocked from landing in the UK unless a new agreement on a single market replacement for aviation is made.

A number of deals with non-EU countries have already been made to ensure flights will continue as they approach departure day.

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A separate agreement, which will replace the EU-US Open Skies agreement will be made with the US and Canada. 

It will be interesting to see whether the deals can be made in time and also how Brussels will react to this.

If Brussels reacts to this, then they could, in theory, block these moves and impose tariffs, which would not be in the UK’s interest in going into a post-BREXIT situation.