PSA Warns It Might Stop UK Astra Production Over No-Deal Brexit

The PSA Group, who owns Vauxhall, has warned the British government that it could stop Astra production at its Ellesmere Port plant in case of a no-deal Brexit.

The French automaker recently announced that the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra will be built at two plants in Europe, one being the Rüsselsheim facility in Germany.

The decision regarding the second factory is still pending, but PSA says the UK is its first choice.

“The group has confirmed that the Russelsheim plant will manufacture Astra and that it is planned that the second plant will be Ellesmere Port in the United Kingdom,” the automaker said in a statement.

Also Read: Next Opel/Vauxhall Astra Expected In 2021 With PSA Platform, PHEV Powertrain

There’s just one problem, though: PSA wants guarantees from the government that a no-deal Brexit will not happen.

“The decision on the allocation to the Ellesmere Port plant will be conditional on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Trade Union,” reads the statement.

The decision, therefore, depends on the outcome of Brexit. PSA’s announcement comes as Prime Minister Theresa May’s both potential successors, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, have said they are prepared to take the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31.

Britain’s car industry warned earlier this week that a no-deal Brexit would have a “seismic” effect, crippling the sector with tariffs of up to 10 percent, border delays, and added bureaucracy.

Currently, the Vauxhall and Opel Astra are built in Ellesmere Port and in Gliwice, Poland. The Astra K is still in the middle of its life cycle, with a facelifted model just around the corner. This means the next-generation model is about two to three years away – and, thus, finalizing the details of its production can’t wait much longer.

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  • AintYerPa

    THAT’S the way you want to operate.. Threats.. If I lived in England, I would make sure to NEVER buy a vehicle made by Vauxhall…

    • Yeah but if you made cars… you would make cars in a country even if it means not being able to sell them in other coutries?? No deal means high taxes, different regulations… loss of money. If you lived in Britain you’d be worrying about Brexit, and where PSA makes its cars would not be on you list of problems.

      • AintYerPa

        So then make them and sell them in other countries.. IF a no-deal Brexit means all the things you say it means (which NONE of us can tell the future) then make your decision AS A BUSINESS then. NOT as a political advocate (threats included) prior to October… It sends a bad message to potential consumers, in my opinion…

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