At a meeting of of airline leaders in Brussels this week, chief executive Michael O’Leary has indicated that his airline, Ryanair, will ground planes if Britain follows through with its decision to leave the EU.
Mr O’Leary said he wants to ‘create an opportunity’ by making people realise they are ‘no longer going to have cheap holidays’.
He went on to state that “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.”
Ryanair believes that a real air flight crisis is on the way if Brexit goes though and is suspecting huge disruption with flights between the UK and Europe.
He said: “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.
“They were misled and I think we have to create an opportunity.”
Mr O’Leary has been an outspoken critic of Brexit and has warned the British government of impeding disruption on a number of occasions following the referendum result in 2016. There is no doubt that up this point, huge uncertainly remains about the workings of business between the EU and Britain following Brexit. Despite a number of high profile speeches from leading members of the UK government, Britain has still not indicated in much detail how large scale industries like the airline business will function following April Fools day in 2019, the day that Britain will formally leave the European Union.
No patience anymore
And now it seems that patience is wearing thin for the big industry players like Ryanair who need to have secure plans in place a number of years in advance. With no clear indication on any aspect of UK business dealings, the time is running out for Theresa May and co. and it may be that the likes of Michael O’Leary will be playing a huge part in showing just how it could be if no deal is reached.
While this move will be seen by many from the leave camp as further interference by Ireland in the negotiations, it will also be seen as huge lifeline to the remain campaign. However it still seems that the British public is divided down the middle with little or no movement on either side since the referendum result. But could it be that the penny is finally dropping with the British people who only now are just beginning to realise what life will be like with no deal and an uncomfortable exit from the EU?
If Ryanair goes ahead and ground all planes, then the British public who voted to leave could face such inconvenience that it may show them that it might not be worth it if they were to lose the advantages of cheap travel and freedom of movement. While it still seems likely that Britain will leave on April 1st 2019, just how it leaves could be influenced by big business from here on in.
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