Bradshaw – EasyJet’s decision to establish Alpine base shows hard Brexit hills hardly alive with the sound of music

Commenting on the news that EasyJet plans to set up a new EU operation in Austria after Brexit, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Today’s announcement by EasyJet is yet more evidence of British companies being forced to move jobs out of Britain by the Government’s disastrous plan for hard Brexit.

“Taking the UK out of the Single Aviation Market will mean fewer flights to the EU, and today’s decision by EasyJet is hardly surprising. Unless the Government changes direction, the UK will be faced with huge uncertainty over the number of flights to and from EU destinations, creating havoc for passengers and businesses alike.

“Aviation is not covered by the World Trade Organisation, so it is paramount that the Government reaches a deal with the EU and drops their damaging mantra that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’.

“EasyJet’s decision to set up shop in the Alps demonstrates that the Government’s hard Brexit hills are hardly alive with the sound of music, and it’s only be a question of time before other airlines follow suit.”

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Notes to editors:

The head of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary said earlier this week: “if there is no deal, there will be no flights.”

The decision by Easyjet to establish operations in Austria can be found here:  http://news.sky.com/story/easyjet-launches-bid-to-fly-in-eu-after-brexit-10948116