As previously advised (https://investor.ryanair.com/brexit/), Ryanair Holdings PLC (the "Company") must take steps to ensure that, in the event of a no-deal or "hard" Brexit, the Company (and therefore its subsidiary EU airlines) will remain majority EU owned and controlled. This is necessary to ensure continued compliance with the airline ownership and control requirements of EU Regulation 1008/2008.
The Board of Ryanair Holdings PLC (the "Board") on Friday afternoon, 8 March 2019, passed a number of resolutions which will become effective from the date on which UK nationals cease to qualify as nationals of Member States for the purposes of Article 4 of EU Regulation 1008/2008 ("Hard Brexit Day").
In accordance with the powers delegated to the Board pursuant to the Company's Articles of Association (the "Articles"), the Board has resolved that with effect from Hard Brexit Day:
● all Ordinary Shares and Depositary Shares held by or on behalf of non-EU (including UK) shareholders will be treated as "Restricted Shares" (within the meaning of the Articles);
● Restricted Share Notices will be issued to the registered holder(s) of each Restricted Share, specifying that the holder(s) of such shares shall not be entitled to attend, speak or vote at any general meeting of the Company for so long as those shares are treated as Restricted Shares;
● notwithstanding the powers vested in the chairman of general meetings of Ryanair pursuant to Article 41(J)(i) of the Articles, the chairman will not vote any Restricted Shares at any meeting of the Company.
These resolutions will remain in place until the Board determines that the ownership and control of the Company is no longer such that there is any risk to the airline licences held by the Company's subsidiaries pursuant to EU Regulation 1008/2008.
For the avoidance of doubt, the prohibition on non-EU nationals acquiring Ordinary Shares in Ryanair Holdings PLC, as announced by the Company on 5 February 2002, continues to apply. Consequently, with effect from Hard Brexit Day, UK nationals will not be permitted to acquire Ordinary Shares in the Company.