United Kingdom confident of good Brexit deal after Airbus concern -May's spokeswoman

Marco Green
June 24, 2018

Airbus has four factories and a total of 25 sites in the United Kingdom, directly employs 14,000 people and contributes an estimated £1.7bn (€1.94bn) annually to the British treasury in tax receipts.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Mr Davis said that Britain was "able to leave without a deal".

She made the comments as the government laid out further detail about the "settled status" plan it announced previous year.

But security minister Ben Wallace hit back, saying the firm had relied on countries such as the United Kingdom to cover the costs of the A400M military transport plane. Its stark warnings of the uncertainty facing the aerospace industry can not be dismissed by ministers and "hard Brexiteers".

Airbus has more than 4000 suppliers, and its warning applies to other sectors such as automotive.

The German carmaker employs around 8,000 people in the United Kingdom, with its plant in Oxford producing the popular Mini range. It isn't too late for the UK Govt to finally show some leadership and provide the clarity business needs.

Airbus, the airplane designer and manufacturer, has threatened that it would have to "reconsider its investments in the UK" if Britain crashed out of the European Union without a deal.

"It would be a betrayal of Airbus workers, their families and the tens of thousands workers in the wider supply chain if the government failed to secure frictionless trade and access to the customs union and single market", said the union's Steve Turner.

Jason Pitt, chief executive of manufacturing organisation Made in the Midlands said: "Our region's supply-chain and formidable national infrastructure are valuable assets to Airbus".

"It's critical for our business to ensure that the wings that we build in Broughton and in Filton can get to France and Germany for the final assembly line".

"We have reached an agreement with the European Union guaranteeing the rights of European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and of United Kingdom nationals living in the European Union and we do not expect that to be reopened".

Conservative MP for Pembrokeshire, where Airbus has a factory, and prominent Brexiteer Stephen Crabb tweeted: '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.

While that is the government's intention, Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out staying in either for the longer term and there is growing fear that a deal may not be concluded in time.

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a margin of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent in a referendum.

The vehicle giant BMW has followed plane-maker Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty.

But Williams said Airbus is frustrated after it tried to discuss its concerns with the government for 12 months and made little progress. But Airbus' UK boss, Katherine Bennett, told the BBC, "this is not project fear, this is dawning reality".

Katherine Bennett, Airbus's senior vice president in the United Kingdom, told the Press Association: "We don't deal in idle threats".

"Given the good progress that we are continuing to make in the negotiations we do not expect a no-deal scenario to arise".

Airbus says it buys 16% of its parts from Britain.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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