Ireland’s Taoiseach warns British aircraft could be banned from Irish airspace after Brexit

24 July, 2018

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar claims British aircraft could be prohibited from using Irish airspace in the event of a no deal Brexit, stating: "If there was a no deal hard Brexit in March, the planes would not fly and Britain would be an island in many ways" (Belfast Telegraph/UK Independent, 21-Jul-2018). A Downing Street spokesperson claimed Ireland has no right to restrict British aircraft from using Irish airspace as "overflight rights are not guaranteed by the EU" but by a "multilateral treaty" that Ireland and the UK have both signed. The spokesperson further stated the UK is confident it will reach a Brexit deal that includes "aviation access".