The Government’s hard Brexit strategy risks “devastating” the British car industry, Open Britain says today, as senior car industry figures gave evidence to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.
Aston Martin warned that a Brexit with no deal would cause a “semi-catastrophic” halt in production. And Honda made clear that there can be no such thing as a “frictionless” trading border between the UK and the EU if Britain leaves the Customs Union, as the Government wants to do.
Commenting, Peter Kyle MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, said:
“Our world-leading car industry is already being walloped by the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
“The warnings today from some of the biggest names in the sector are deeply alarming and make clear that the Government’s ideological choice to leave the Single Market and Customs Union risks devastating the industry, with a huge number of jobs on the line.
“The Government is driving our car industry, and the hundreds of thousands of people who work for it, off a cliff-edge at full speed. Voters need to know that they still have the right to keep an open mind if the deal the Government negotiates does further severe damage our economy.”