Ford Warns Of Moving Production From The UK Over No-Deal Brexit

Following Nissan’s move to cancel plans to build the next-generation X-Trail in the UK, Ford has issued a strong warning to the government that it is prepared to move production out of the country.

According to The Times, Ford bosses told Prime Minister Theresa May on a private call with business leaders that the company was preparing alternative manufacturing sites abroad in case of a no-deal Brexit.

During the call, the head of the government said the UK was preparing a package of financial support for businesses affected by a no-deal Brexit. However, she declined to elaborate.

A participant to the conference call told the paper that other companies delivered the same warning as Ford. “The general message was that this isn’t about contingencies any more — we are taking steps already because of the uncertainty. It’s real,” the unnamed business leader said.

Ford moving its manufacturing operations out of the UK would be a devastating blow to the economy, as the US-based carmaker employs 13,000 people in the country, with countless others working for its suppliers. The company has three production facilities that build engines and transmissions, as well as an R&D center in the UK, which has traditionally been at the heart of Ford’s European operations alongside Germany.

Ford thinks a Brexit would be catastrophic for UK car makers

While the Blue Oval declined to comment on the report, the company issued a pretty strong statement. “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.”

Ford is currently undergoing a massive restructuring process both at home and in Europe, and recently announced it would cut approximately 400 jobs at its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales (pictured).

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  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    In other words, they are moving it anyways and using brexit as a good day to bury bad news.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      Rubbish. If the UK had remained in the EU, they would not be considering it as they have heavily invested in the engine plant in recent years. If it becomes more costly to build engines in the UK because of tariffs or increased shipping/customs costs then they are naturally going to look at options. They have team trying to save 10p on engine components – why would they accept 20%+ additional costs due to export barriers?

  • Thunderbolt

    So why Brexit ? beause a sovereign country should have its laws dictated by its own magistrates and not by a bunch of appointees and councils from other countries.
    If Ford does not want to build cars in England, then don’t sell its cars there either.

    • SteersUright

      nonsense. There’s logic on both sides, for and against the European Union. By your logic the entire world would be a bunch of small tribes instead of nations.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        There was a logic for negotiating a better deal for Britain within the EU I’m sure but the logic that Britain can be “Greater” outside of the EU completely defeats me.

    • That logic makes no sense. Voted for Brexit? 🙂

    • f1300

      You wanted it – you’ve got it. That simple.
      If Ford doesn’t sell its cars on the isle because the loss of demand there – who actually cares? Even those such-honoured Englishmen one day will have to realise that at least with the Brexit they had to discard the “G” of GB.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      Ford doesn’t build cars in “England” – you need to check your facts as it hasn’t made cars in the UK for 17 years. It makes engines that it supplies to European factories to put into its cars. If that becomes impossible or more costly under a no-deal Brexit, then why wouldn’t they move production? If you want to buy a British car, or at least on made in the UK, then it’s Astras, Civics and Qashqai’s or a Jagaur/Land Rover before they move production overseas.

  • Mark Seven-Ultranine

    The UK has screwed itself and the worst is yet to come.

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