Germany to maintain air travel with UK in a no-deal Brexit

08 Jan 2019

Britain EUGermany is working with British officials to avoid as much chaos as possible if a no-deal Brexit were to take place, reports.

Spokesmen from Germany’s interior and transport departments spoke of plans to maintain air transport links between Germany and Britain and ensure that British citizens in Germany will not be obliged to leave.

Germany has been preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. According to an interior ministry spokesman, British citizens will maintain their residence rights for a three-month period and have the possibility of further extensions and would have to register to acquire a formal right to remain during that time period.

The EU Commission announced further plans to limit the disruption caused and has encouraged member states to step up their own preparations. This would entail of flights from the UK into and overflying the EU to be permitted for 12 months to ensure “basic connectivity”.

Additionally, the German foreign minister Heiko Maas is to fly to Dublin to help Theresa May win the support of MPs and avoid a no-deal scenario.

Last week, Leo Varadkar spoke to Mrs Merkel over a telephone call and later flew to Munich to address a meeting of the CSU.

The Irish prime minister referred to the talks as being “an opportunity to kind of brainstorm a bit as to what we could do to assist prime minister Theresa May in securing ratification of the withdrawal agreement”.

Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Mrs May said: “Ensuring that we actually get the future relationship in place to replace the backstop if used is a crucial element of this.”

She added: “What we will be setting out over the next few days are assurances in three areas: first are measures specific to Northern Ireland; the second is a greater role for parliament as we take these negotiations forward into the next stage for our future relationship; and third – and we are still working on this – is further assurances from the European Union to address the issues that have been raised.”