Reports suggest the company Airbus may leave the UK unless there is urgent clarity on Brexit trade.
Speaking in relation to possible extra customs checks and delays post-Brexit, Katherine Bennett, Senior Vice-President of Airbus UK, said “It would be very expensive for us and a burden we don’t want to be suffering. Our key preference is for the UK to remain a home nation for Airbus. But we really need the conditions for us to be effective. We don’t want extra costs on our UK business which may make Airbus think differently about us.”
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The fact that a huge anchor company like Airbus is even considering its position in the UK because of Brexit is a modern-day canary in the coal mine.
“It is astonishing and utterly irresponsible that Theresa May continues to ignore warnings from our major companies while hanging on every word of the extremists in her own party.
“Airbus supports over 100,000 jobs in this country, with major sites across the UK including Broughton in North Wales and Filton in the South West. It contributes a whopping £8 billion a year to our GDP. Leaving the Single Market and Customs Union puts all of that at risk.
“We simply cannot afford to sacrifice Airbus’s enormous and cutting edge contribution to our economy on the altar of an ideological hard Brexit.
“No-one voted in the referendum to degrade the economy of this country and to sacrifice the highest skilled jobs in pursuit of a fantasy.
“If that is what Brexit actually means, as Theresa May is now starting to admit, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the UK.”
Notes to editors:
More on the Airbus story can be read here.
Statistics on Airbus’s contributions to the economy of Wales and the UK can be read here.