Umunna – New car sales figures show Brexit is having a damaging impact on our economy

Sales of new cars in the UK fell for the sixth month in a row during September, new figures from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show today.

The figure was down 9.3% from September last year. It was the first time in six years that the key September market had fallen.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This is yet more evidence that Brexit is having a serious and damaging impact on our economy and on the livelihoods of the British people. Higher inflation, lower growth and greater uncertainty are all taking their toll. These new figures suggest that households are feeling the pinch.

“Car sales tend to be a barometer for the overall health of our economy, which makes this news even more concerning.

“The Government has a duty to put our economy and living standards first in the Brexit negotiations. That is why they should end their ideological red lines, give people and businesses certainty, and abandon their plan to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union.”

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Notes to editors:

The new figures are reported here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41509191