UK car production has fallen for the first time since 2009, as Brexit fears took hold.
1.67m cars were produced in the UK in 2017, down 3% compared with 2016. Domestic purchases were down 10%.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Brexit threatens to leave UK car production broken down on the hard shoulder.
“Companies are clear that Brexit is largely to blame for the decline in production and sales. Consumer confidence is low, and the Government’s plan to leave our biggest trading partner has cast a cloud over the future of the car industry in this country.
"Nobody voted in the referendum to weaken our key manufacturing industries like car production, on which huge numbers of jobs rely. With new facts like these, everyone has the right to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is really the right path for the country."
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