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Ryanair boss is threatening to ground his planes so Brits “rethink” Brexit

by Sharron Livingston
Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair

Michael O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair has something to say to the British: You are “no longer going to have cheap holidays”. He wants the British public to realise how wrong they are about leaving the EU and voting for BREXIT.

Speaking in Brussels to an audience of aviation sector figures, O’Leary said:

I think it’s in our interests – not for a long period of time – that the aircraft are grounded.

It’s only when you get to that stage where you’re going to persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.

You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that’s your choice, but everything will fundamentally change.

When you begin to realise that you’re no longer going to have cheap holidays in Portugal or Spain or Italy, you’ve got to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland as your only holiday options, maybe we’ll begin to rethink the whole Brexit debate.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren, who was on stage alongside O’Leary at the event, interjected with “If you start grounding your planes, I’m flying.”

O’Leary has repeatedly warned that airlines will be forced to cancel post-Brexit services from March 2019 if no agreement is reached in the Brexit negotiations by September.

While O’Leary is all doom and gloom, transport secretary Chris Grayling has maintained that flights will not be grounded following Britain leaving the EU and was reported in January as saying he believed “it’s in the interests of everyone to maintain an open market for aviation.”

The single market for aviation was created in the 1990s to ensure that there are no commercial restrictions for airlines flying within the EU.


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