The Chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has threatened to ground the company’s planes in order to show that the UK public was lied to about Brexit.
O’Leary says he wants to show the people of the UK that cheap holidays will be over once we leave the EU.
Speaking in Brussels yesterday he 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.'
He went on to say that there would be a ‘real crisis’ regarding the disruption of flights between the EU and the UK after we leave the bloc and added:
'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.'
But this stunt, if embarked upon, could well backfire as the Easyjet chief exec, Johan Lundgren, said that if Ryanair grounds, he would be flying.
Peter Bone, the Tory Brexiteer and MP for Wellingborough, said that O’Leary’s threat was politically motivated blackmail, which would not work and only end up hurting the bottom line of Ryanair itself. And the UK Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has already said that he is confident that flights would continue between the UK and EU post Brexit, because it was in no-one’s interests to close the market down.