Leaving the EU: Car Industry

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th November 2017.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar 12:00 am, 7th November 2017

What steps his Department is taking to support the UK car industry after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The UK’s automotive industry is a great British success story, and as I said earlier, the Prime Minister and I met senior executives last week and reiterated our determination to secure a Brexit deal that guarantees the sector’s competitiveness. I will continue to work closely with all companies in the sector.

Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar

I am grateful to the Secretary of State for mentioning Ford in an earlier answer, because Ford is a major employer in my constituency. What is his Department doing to ensure that this country is the epicentre for innovation in the car industry as we move out of the European Union?

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Through our industrial strategy, we have a clear focus on being the go-to place in the world for the future of mobility in all its different forms. Dunton in my hon. Friend’s constituency is home to Ford’s technical centre, which is obviously one of the major global forces in that future. It is particularly gratifying that Ford has chosen the UK to be the centre of its European operations for the future of mobility.