American-owned company warns of no-deal Brexit, saying it will take "whatever action is necessary" to protect its European business
James Attwood, digital editor
13 February 2019

Ford has warned the Prime Minister that it's working on plans to move production out of the UK due to Brexit, according to reports.

The American-owned company's bosses made the warning to Theresa May during a private call with business leaders, .

Ford declined to comment on the report, but a spokesperson said: "We have long urged the UK Government and Parliament to work together to avoid the country leaving the EU on a no-deal, hard Brexit basis on March 29. Such a situation would be catastrophic for the UK auto industry and Ford’s manufacturing operations in the country. We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business. We have no decision to announce today."

Ford, which has three production facilities and an R&D centre in the UK and employs around 13,000 staff, has previously revealed it was preparing alternative sites abroad but gave no further information.

It's currently undergoing a massive global restructuring of its business, including its European arm. It's planning a £14 billion cost-cutting programme, involving savings in manufacturing, engineering and purchasing, and will be evaluating its production sites as part of that process.

It recently cut around 400 jobs from its plant in Bridgend, South Wales.

British car industry officials have repeatedly warned of the damage that Brexit could cause. Several manufacturers are working on short-term contingency plans, including bringing forward production halts to just after 29 March, the day Britain is due to leave the European Union.

The Times reported that other businesses delivered a similar warning during the call. Nissan recently scrapped plans to produce the new X-Trail in Sunderland, citing Brexit concerns as well as the downturn in diesel popularity.

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13 February 2019

Wow. A lot of media hype arund brexit. How much of it is true?

13 February 2019
BradP wrote:

Wow. A lot of media hype arund brexit. How much of it is true?

 

For the car industry?  Pretty much all of it - but workers in Sunderland, Bridgend, West Midlands all voted for Brexit, so they're all getting there wish, even if it means no jobs in the future!

13 February 2019
soldi]</p><p>[quote=BradP wrote:

Wow. A lot of media hype arund brexit. How much of it is true?

 

For the car industry?  Pretty much all of it - but workers in Sunderland, Bridgend, West Midlands all voted for Brexit, so they're all getting there wish, even if it means no jobs in the future!

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True...and the governmant are only doing what the people said. Very short sighted by the british public at the time. Hard to change now.

13 February 2019

LOL

14 February 2019

 

LOL

I second that.

13 February 2019

Oh well Ford thats lost you lots of sales and judging by your European sales you aint doing that well there either !. Brexit all hot air and mis truths We will be fine . They will miss us more than we them

14 February 2019

 

Oh well Ford thats lost you lots of sales and judging by your European sales you aint doing that well there either !. Brexit all hot air and mis truths We will be fine . They will miss us more than we them

Well said, I second that!

13 February 2019
soldi wrote:

but workers in Sunderland, Bridgend, West Midlands all voted for Brexit,

How could you possibly know that?

13 February 2019

You simply can't reason with them.   They're in denial that Brexit is going to cost Britain jobs and wealth.   Even when their own government has told them that all versions of Brexit will leave Britain poorer!

 

And they believe they know the car industry better than the car industry knows itself.   Unbelievable.

 

13 February 2019
Symanski wrote:

They're in denial that Brexit is going to cost Britain jobs and wealth

And they believe they know the car industry better than the car industry knows itself.   Unbelievable.

And you can;t seem to accept that the like's of Ford cost thousands of jobs when they moved production out of the UK over to mainland Europe - WHILST WE WERE IN THE European Union.

I find it incredible people can simply re-write history to fit their agenda.

 Please get this in to your heads - jobs would continue to be lost whether were part of the EU or not. Yet again Brexit is being used as a convenient excuse.

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