• "Once again the EU has shown that its 'one-size-fits-all' policy agenda is a disaster," said UKIP MEP Nigel Farage today. "The volcano ash is a problem, but the frenzied desire of the EU for more centralised control over the aviation sector is an even greater one," he said.
Speaking from Buckingham, where he is standing in the Westminister election, Farage said, "It is the EU's Single European Sky policy which makes the aviation industry's guidelines now mandatory.
"Because of EU hyper-regulation, not even the skies are free anymore. I hope that the many people stranded away from home, and the airlines which have lost many millions in this EU debacle will now put the blame for needlessly grounded flights where it belongs. UKIP will reclaim national competence of British air space by pulling Britain out of the EU. In aviation terms, it is the only way forward.
"It's the EU institutions which need a 'no-fly' zone, not British airspace," concluded Farage.
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