The European Parliament has adopted measures to ensure basic road and air connections in case no agreement is reached on EU-UK future relations on Friday.
The temporary contingency measures adopted by the European Parliament cover basic air connectivity, aviation safety and basic road connectivity. These measures will cease to apply once an agreement is reached and are aimed at avoiding serious disruptions in case no deal is reached by the time the transition period is over.
The temporary rules on basic air connectivity ensure that certain air services between the UK and the EU continue for a maximum of six months. The measures were adopted with 680 votes in favour (3 against, 4 abstentions).
It also includes the rights for UK and EU air carriers to continue to fly over and make technical stops on EU territory, as well as serve direct routes to the EU. Also a limited number of specific pandemic-related cargo flights will be allowed.
On aviation safety, the European Parliament adopted a regulation which ensures various certificates for products, parts, appliances and companies remain valid. The measure was adopted with 680 votes in favour (3 against, 4 abstentions). This will avoid UK and EU aircraft that use these products and services being grounded.
Finally, measures on basic road connectivity were also adopted ensuring that road freight and road passenger transport for a maximum of six months were adopted with 680 votes in favour (4 against, 3 abstentions). This will allow carriage of goods as well as coach and bus services coming to Europe and going to the UK to continue.
After the end of the transition period, EU rules will no longer apply to and in the United Kingdom. The targeted contingency measures aim to avoid serious traffic disruptions and considerable delays in case there is no agreement on EU-UK future relations in place by 1 January 2021.
MEPs also approved the Commission’s proposal to extend reciprocal access by EU and UK vessels to each other’s waters until 31 December 2021 by 677 votes in favour, 4 against and 6 abstentions. Read more here.
All temporary rules will now have to be adopted by the Council. They will enter into force after publication in the EU Official Journal and become applicable if a similar set of measures is adopted by the UK.