Who: Carolyn McCall, CEO of EasyJet
Carolyn McCall, CEO of EasyJet said, “The EU has brought huge benefits for UK travellers and businesses. Staying in the EU will ensure that they, and all of us, continue to receive them."
“How much you pay for your holiday really does depend on how much influence Britain has in Europe.” (1)
THE CASE FOR A #FREEBRITAIN
"An argument such as this completely undermines the level of debate the British people deserve in this referendum. There is absolutely no correlation between being in political union and the price of flights. The increase in cheap flights is down to a combination of globalisation and 21st century competition from other low cost airlines.
"What is concerning is that Carolyn McCall, has made this statement on behalf of EasyJet, stating "EasyJet believes in continued membership of the EU". By saying this, she is speaking on behalf of her workers and shareholders, some of which, I'm certain will hold a different view.
"The reality is, since 2014 we’ve seen the EU give millions of euros to the aviation industry across Europe. Easyjet, just like many other corporations that depend on government decisions and subsidies have a vested interest in staying in a unreformed EU. The EU has effectively bought the support of these big businesses and in return they publicly call for Britain staying in the European Union. Without public funding a lot of the airports that EasyJet fly into wouldn’t exist.
“Dame McCall also states that the aviation industry is in further need of more regulation to bring down costs. She wants more regulation so that the EU will damage industry competitiveness by increasing costs and helping incumbents. She doesn't care for democracy or how our laws are made, so long as it benefits her business and shareholders. The reality is the EU system only works for multi-nationals and established corporate companies. They can afford lobbyists and lawyers to negotiate and influence thousands of pages of regulations, whilst Europe's SMEs and start ups get strangled at birth.
“To suggest that Brexit will lead to a situation where only the elite will be able to fly is scaremongering at its worst. After Brexit the UK will be able to negotiate more bilateral aviation deals to places which want to welcome the money that accompanies British tourists and business. The UK authorities can choose to open up competition on these routes where airlines like EasyJet with a Chief Executive who lives in a corporatist Old Think world of the past may well find themselves out of a job!”
Steven Woolfe MEP