France Is Investing €50 Million in Airports, Ports for No-Deal Brexit

Jan 22, 2019

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France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a plan for the nation to invest €50 million ($56.8 million) in its airports and sea ports to prepare for the likely event of a no-deal Brexit.

The plan, reportedly unexpected, was announced last week after Philippe held a meeting with his transport ministers following the British parliament’s resounding rejection of the most recent proposed Brexit deal. Consequences of a no-deal Brexit for air travel are coming into clear focus as the final Brexit date, March 29, looms ever closer. Aviation trade group International Air Transport Association said recently that up to 5 million airline tickets could be canceled in a hard Brexit. UK airlines would also potentially be unable to add new flights between the UK and Europe to their 2019 schedules. Those routes would be capped at 2018’s numbers.

“What’s certain is that the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is less and less unlikely,” Philippe said to reports on Thursday after the meeting. “That’s why… I have decided to trigger the plan for a no-deal Brexit.”

According to Philippe’s plan, the €50 million would be spent on hiring 600 new employees, like customs agents and veterinary control staff, as well as new parking areas and temporary buildings at ports, The Independent says.

Funds will be allocated to the French airports and ports “most concerned” by a no-deal Brexit, Philippe said but did not elaborate further. “We want to be ready so that the interests of our citizens can be preserved.”

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