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Ryanair warns of UK flight suspension over Brexit

By Laura Paterson

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has warned there is a remote chance of all flights between the UK and Europe being suspended in March 2019 if the UK Government opts for a "cliff-edge" Brexit.

He said the current open skies arrangement hinges on recognising the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, which Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would no longer be subject to.

Mr O'Leary believes it will take more than the two-year time frame from triggering Article 50 to put agreements in place with EU nations.

He said: "In the airline industry we could be heading for a very difficult divorce with Europe. There is a possibility, unlikely, but nevertheless a possibility that there may be no flights between the UK and Europe in March 2019 if the UK walks off this cliff that they seem determined to walk off."

He said he was switching growth plans away from the UK and would not create any more pilot or cabin crew posts, or increase the amount of planes there due to Brexit uncertainty, and also accused the UK Government of being clueless over Brexit and hoped that the UK would stay in the EU.

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