Responding to comments made by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, aerospace trade association ADS said the industry was counting on negotiators to make sure the UK remained in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after Brexit.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“Aerospace is a global business that benefits from international regulatory convergence, which both ensures passenger safety and offers frictionless access for companies of all sizes to markets around the world.

“Regulation of the aerospace industry across Europe by EASA has served passengers and industry well. With the UK an influential member of EASA, companies in the aerospace sector continue to benefit from requiring only a single set of certifications for their personnel, facilities and products.

“Components made in the UK are exported to aircraft assembly lines around the world, or to be fitted to aircraft in service at any international airport. Our supply chains too stretch across multiple borders.

“Continued regulatory harmonisation is a necessity and the UK must remain in EASA after Brexit to put ourselves in the best possible position to benefit from growth opportunities as the international aviation market continues to expand.”