Ford warns that a no-deal Brexit will be ‘catastrophic’
“We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business”
Global car manufacturing giant, Ford is warning that a no-deal Brexit next month would be “catastrophic” for the UK’s auto industry. If that is the case, then there could be implications.
Ford has not confirmed it but they may be stepping up preparations to move production out of the UK. It is reported that they informed Theresa May during a telephone call with business leaders that they were preparing alternative sites abroad. A spokesman for Ford said:
We are probably all getting very tired listening about Brexit as there is a lot of shenanigans surrounding the UK leaving the EU but there will certainly be implications to the UK leaving the European Union in the short term. The car industry, for example, has been warning about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, and already there have been job cuts and plans to move operations.
Nissan has already said that they will no longer build their X-Trail car in Sunderland. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is cutting 4,500 jobs with Ford also cutting about 1,000 jobs, mostly at its Bridgend engine plant. Unite national officer Des Quinn said:
A member of the UK Labour party, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Britain’s shadow business secretary, said: