McGovern - Ministers risking automotive car crash as they ignore impact of Brexit on the sector

The Government today announced an “automotive sectoral deal”. Across the 30 page document published by ministers to accompany the deal there is only one paragraph on leaving the EU and it consists of a wish list for a post-Brexit trade deal.

Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, a leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign:

"It doesn't matter how fine and fancy the words the government uses are, because if Britain exits the Single Market and the Customs Union ministers will be condemning the majority of our automotive industry to rapid and disastrous decline.

It is ridiculous for ministers to think they can all but ignore that in this document.

"The last twenty years have seen Britain's automotive sector move from decline to renaissance: thanks largely to sustained investment from across the EU. The industry has built up complex and highly efficient supply chains which rely on the freedom and flexibility the Single Market and Customs Union provide.

If we leave either it could put all that progress into reverse.”

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Notes to editors

The government’s publication is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/672824/automotive-sector-deal-double-pages.pdf