Dublin threatens to BLOCK British planes from flying over its airspace if May does not meet EU's Brexit demands as PM visits Irish border

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Dublin threatens to BLOCK British planes from flying over its airspace if May does not meet EU's Brexit demands as PM visits Irish border

Post by Didge on Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:30 pm

The Irish PM has ramped up the rhetoric by threatening to block planes from flying over his country to the UK if the EU's demands are not met. Leo Varadkar said Britain could not expect to 'use other people's sky' after leaving the bloc if there is no deal on future relations.

But the sabre-ratting was derided by critics who pointed out that airspace rules are governed by an entirely separate international treaty - and most flights to Europe go over British airspace.

Hugh Bennett, a Brexit campaigner, posted an image showing the vast majority of Irish flights heading over the UK.

Writing on Twitter, he added: '[The] Taoiseach says he won't let UK planes fly over Ireland in the event of a "hard Brexit".

'Hope he likes going on holiday to Lanzarotte because he's going to have trouble flying anywhere else.'

He also pointed out that a key part of the airspace to the west of Ireland is controlled by the UK - again proving his threat toothless.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5969841/May-visits-Irish-border-Dublin-threatens-BLOCK-planes-flying-UK.html

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