The UK-EU trade deal, announced on 24 December 2020, includes agreements on air transport and aviation safety which are due to come into effect at 23.00 GMT on 31 December 2020 when the UK ceases to take part in the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other EU institutions. 

While the agreements involve some elements of continuity, they do not constitute a replication of the UK’s regulatory arrangements as part of the EASA/EU framework and many sections of the aviation and aerospace industries will face changes after 31 December, as this microsite sets out.

We will study the detail of the new agreements and will update relevant pages of the microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. We will notify stakeholders of the updates through the SkyWise alert system. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the EU exit category in the SkyWise system:

Operators and manufacturers of drones may find the information on this page helpful:

Will the UK be adopting the EU-UAS implementing rule being developed by EASA? 

The UK has been directly involved in assisting EASA develop the new proposals for Europe-wide regulations and much of the UK Government’s recent work to develop drone regulations are in line with future EASA plans. The UK is currently working to implement this regulation.

I am registered as a UK drone operator. Will that registration be recognised in EU countries?

The UK registration system is currently being further developed to meet the requirements set out by EASA for the future EU drone registration scheme.