Brexit Update

Here is a quick run-down of the latest Brexit news:

  • Remember, barring an agreed delay, Brexit is schedule to happen on October 31
  • Parliament was unable to secure a Brexit deal by the recent deadline of October 19
  • As directed by Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a letter to the EU asking for an extension to the October 31 date (the current withdrawal date)
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a second letter to the EU, saying that he believes a delay would be a mistake
  • EU Council President Donald Tusk is consulting with EU leaders on how to react
  • Boris Johnson has negotiated a deal with the EU, and tried to create a fast track mechanism to get it approved through Parliament before October 31
  • The deal is far from perfect, and includes a few elements that have significant opposition in the UK, including
    • a customs and regulatory border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
    • The European Court of Justice will continue to have jurisdiction over UK
    • Language on workers rights is vague (many MPs wanted more concrete language)
  • The fast track mechanism for Parliamentary approval of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill was rejected today
  • Under normal timetables, it seems difficult to get the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed before October 31

ASA will hold a Brexit webinar on October 28 at 11:00 am.  We will discuss the current state of the political solutions, the most likely upcoming scenarios, and how these scenarios will affect aircraft parts transactions.  The webinar will include a look at common parts documentation, and explain how to parse the documentation to identify critical elements that are related to Brexit.  We will focus on US-UK and EU-UK acceptance of aircraft parts (especially those manufactured in, or maintained in, the UK) in an effort to help you comply with the post-Brexit parts acceptance rules.

The registration cut-off date is this October 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm Eastern.  There is no charge for the webinar but attendance is limited to ASA members.  You must be an ASA member to participate in the webinar – if you are not yet an ASA member then you should be!  Please contact Gabriel Maupin at 202-347-6897 if you have any registration questions.

I will be teaching the ASA London Workshop on Wednesday this week – this year’s topics include approved parts standards, documentation, export compliance, import classification, Brexit, and a discussion of some of the new and impending changes in the laws and regulations taht will affect aircraft parts distribution.  After the London Workshop, we’ll have three more ASA workshops in 2019. For complete details please visit our Workshops webpage:

  • Ft Lauderdale, FL – November 19, 2019
  • Chicago, IL – December 3, 2019
  • Dallas, TX – December 5, 2019


About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. Since 1992, he has represented aviation trade associations and businesses that include aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, distributors, and repair stations, as well as both commercial and private operators. Blog content published by Mr. Dickstein is not legal advice; and may not reflect all possible fact patterns. Readers should exercise care when applying information from blog articles to their own fact patterns.

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