Umunna – drop in manufacturing and construction output adds to disappointing economic figures

UK manufacturing output fell in May, with the sector hit by a drop in car production, according to official figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Manufacturing output fell by 0.2% compared with April, according to the ONS. Car production also fell by 4.4%, which is the biggest fall since February 2016.

Separate data from the ONS showed that the UK's trade deficit widened in May. Construction output fell in May 2017 by 1.2%.

Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:  

“The drop in our manufacturing and construction output are the latest disappointing economic figures for Britain after the Brexit vote.

“These sectors and others across our economy will only be harder hit if the Government continues with its reckless plans for a job-destroying Brexit that pulls us out of the Single Market and the Customs Union which employers rely on.

“Ministers need to start listening to business and put our economy, rather than the ideology of hard Brexiteers, first in the negotiations.” 

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