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Brexit is ‘extremely unfortunate’ for the region’s aviation industry, says the European Commission

The United Kingdom and the European Union are still negotiating final divorce terms, but there is “absolutely no doubt” that Brexit will negatively affect the region’s aviation industry, the European Commission said Monday.

“Brexit is extremely unfortunate and it will have a negative impact on aviation more generally. There is absolutely no doubt about that,” Henrik Hololei, the European Commission’s director-general for mobility and transport, told CNBC.

What is also certain at this point, pending a final agreement, is that the U.K. would not remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency, he said. That’s because Britain has indicated it won’t accept the supremacy of the European Court of Justice, which is a pre-condition to staying in the EASA.