No-Deal Brexit Could Force Toyota To Halt Production At UK Plant

Japanese automaker Toyota could be forced to halt production at its Burnaston plant in central England, if Britain were to leave the European Union without a trade deal.

Their UK plant produced no fewer than 150,000 vehicles last year, with about 90% of them being shipped within the EU. Meanwhile, the redesigned Auris (which will be called Corolla moving forward) is also scheduled to go into production in Burnaston, as reported by Automotive News Europe.

“My view is that if Britain crashes out of the EU at the end of March, we will see production stops in our factory,” said the plant’s managing director, Marvin Cooke in an interview with the BBC. “It could be hours, days, weeks, even months.”

The likes of BMW and JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) have also warned about possible production issues if the UK leaves without a trade arrangement, while most businesses haven’t even carried out a risk assessment regarding the impact of Brexit, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

The UK is set to leave the EU in less than 200 days, which could easily coincide with the early 2019 launch date of the redesigned Auris/Corolla, a car that’s expected to bring “a whole new dimension to our next generation C-segment models,” as per Toyota Europe boss, Dr. Johan van Zyl.

In Europe, the Corolla will be offered as a five-door hatchback, a wagon (Touring Sports) and a sedan.

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  • ChrisInIL

    How ever did auto manufacturors stay in business before the EU?

    • Six_Tymes

      its all a ploy, at least you are smart to ask that question. the auto manufacturers are just being excessively greedy

    • Cobrajet

      They made cars in there own countries.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Massive corporations said they’d leave Britain if it didn’t join the Euro. Did they go? No. Unlike the rest of Europe, Britain’s unemployment rate is incredibly low. If Toyota wants to do away with one of their most productive factories, that’s fine by me, another manufacturer will soon take it off their hands.

    • blunt-o

      Been watching Fox news too much lately? Your comment is false,unproven, deluded,and right wing garbage.

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        My television doesn’t have access to American news channels, so I’ve never seen it. I’m British and voted Leave. My profile photo with Lord Nelson should’ve been a dead giveaway. 😂

        • Joff

          If I remember correctly Nelson lost an eye half a leg was shot and killed . So much for brexshit

          • liams92

            He was also victorious against the tyrannies of Europe, so what is your point?

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            You’d rather be like the French and just surrender at every opportunity? No wonder those unelected, unaccountable globalist-backed bureaucrats having been getting away with it for so long.

            Some of us who believe in the freedom of a nation state democracy feel it should be defended at whatever the cost.

  • ME

    I hate the EU anyway, build them in Japan as they were intended. And the mayor of London is total traitior.

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