United Kingdom unveils post-Brexit settlement scheme for European Union citizens

Marco Green
June 22, 2018

It says: "A no-deal Brexit must be avoided, as it would force Airbus to reconsider its footprint in the country, its investments in the United Kingdom and at large its dependency on the UK". The company says it has 14,000 employees in Britain and supports another 110,000 jobs through its supply chain in the country.

European Union citizens with settled status or pre-settled status will enjoy the same access to United Kingdom healthcare, pensions and other benefits as they do now, the government said.

The paper also says the warning from Airbus were delivered privately to the prime minister three weeks ago.

Applications will be made online, and the system will begin to go public in stages at the end of this summer, with a wider rollout by Christmas and then a full rollout by March 2019, when the United Kingdom formally leaves the EU.

The company would "reconsider its footprint in the country, its investments in the United Kingdom and its dependency on the United Kingdom.,' according to an internal risk assessment seen by the newspaper, and chief operating officer Tom Williams reportedly said: "In the absence of any clarity, we have to assume the worst-case scenario".

In a memorandum issued late on Thursday, Airbus said softer plans for a transition period ending in December 2020 were still too short for the planemaker to adapt its supply chain and would prevent it from expanding its United Kingdom supplier base.

Tom Williams, the chief operating officer of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said: "In any scenario, Brexit has severe negative consequences for the United Kingdom aerospace industry and Airbus in particular".

Germany, Spain or emerging aerospace suppliers such as South Korea are seen as possible candidates to take work from the UK. "Far from Project Fear, this is a dawning reality for Airbus", he said.

'Without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our United Kingdom operations could be significant.

The former Secretary of State for Wales, who represents Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: 'The enormous Airbus factory in North Wales is one of the jewels in the crown of United Kingdom manufacturing.

In response to the report, Labour MP Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, called on May to reconsider her Brexit negotiating position.

And even if Britain secures a deal, Airbus is still putting a freeze on new investment in the UK until the details of the UK-EU relationship become clear. A pragmatic, sensible Brexit that protects trade & jobs is vital'. "We don't want extra costs on our United Kingdom business which may make Airbus think differently about us".

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