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Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

By Faisal Islam, political editor
European airports have privately warned that a "no-deal" Brexit would cause "major disruption and heightened safety risks", Sky News has learned.
At least six million passengers on UK-originating flights transferring in the continent would have to group through extra security and screening before embarking on their second journey.
Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

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The claims come in a confidential memo sent by the Airports Council International - the EU airport lobby to Michel Barnier, Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator.They demand "urgently" that the UK be allowed to stay as part of the "one-stop security" regime, which allows for the current free flow of transferring passengers.
Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

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The leaked memo warns of 'major disruption'
Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

EU airports would not be ready, the industry warned, even though UK airports will be unaffected.No negotiations have occurred on this topic or aviation generally despite the European Council President Donald Tusk's insistence in March that disrupting aviation traffic would be a "particularly absurd" consequence of Brexit, and that discussions should start "as soon as possible".This has been blamed on the European Commission's Taskforce 50 Brexit negotiation team.
Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

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Michel Barnier's team was sent the letter by the Airports Council International
The memo from the Airports Council International, seen by Sky News, is dated from September 2018 and addressed to Mr Barnier's deputy.It follows up on a letter sent directly to the chief Brexit negotiator.The four-page document says: "Given that a no-deal scenario remains a serious possibility, I would like to reiterate our call for the EU27 and the UK to develop and agree on adequate contingencies for aviation".The letter mainly refers to the system of common basic standards on aviation security that exists across the single market and Switzerland, and covers the UK until Brexit day.The memo goes on: "In case of a no-deal scenario, assuming UK originating air passengers would still be able to fly to the EU27/EEA and Switzerland, all such passengers transferring at EU27/EEA and Swiss airports onto other flights would thus need to go through security screening at their EU27/EEA & Swiss transfer airport."
Leak reveals airport safety risks of 'no-deal' Brexit

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UK-originating passengers would face an increased risk of missing their connecting flight
It lists the affected UK-originating passengers at selected airports, per year::: 2.5m at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam
:: 1.4m at Frankfurt
:: More than a million at Madrid/Barcelona
:: 326,355 at Rejkjavik's Keflavik
:: 215,000 at Munich
:: 200,000 at Brussels
:: 125,000 at Zurich
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