Government plans for overseeing the future relationship with the EU which could see the UK retaining relationships with key European regulators, have been welcomed by ADS.

Regulators, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), help businesses trade in Europe and around the world by providing a single regulatory regime which oversees the manufacturing of aerospace components across Europe. This enables UK aerospace companies to achieve exports worth £28bn a year.

The European Court of Justice currently acts as the ultimate dispute resolution body for agencies like EASA – and EU space and R&D programmes - which are critical to UK companies’ global competitiveness. 

ADS, the UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, said the Government’s position paper on future UK relationships with the ECJ paved the way for practical solutions to be found during Brexit negotiations that would help support future growth in these important industries.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“Regulators like the European Aviation Safety Agency help put UK businesses on a level playing field with our international competitors.

“Remaining a member of EASA after we leave the EU is the most cost effective and practical solution to both protecting passenger safety and accessing global markets. 

“The Government’s proposals provide a practical approach that would allow the UK to choose to stay within EASA and EU space and R&D programmes post-Brexit.

“Creative solutions can be found and the Government must work with our European partners to reach a good deal for industries both in the UK and in Europe.”

Notes to Editors

1.ADS Group is the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

2.For further detail on ADS’ Brexit priorities, visit: