UK Automotive Sector: No-deal Brexit

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

What steps he plans to take to support the UK automotive sector in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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

The industrial strategy chose to invest to make Britain a leading location for the next generation of vehicles, irrespective of Brexit. This month, we have worked with Jaguar Land Rover to secure the electric XJ at Castle Bromwich. Last week, I launched the new electric Mini, to be built in Oxford. Immediately after these questions, I am unveiling Lotus’s Evija , the UK’s first all-electric hypercar, made in Norfolk. I am determined that Britain’s automotive strength will flourish through the next generation of vehicles.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

As the Secretary of State knows, Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port has a future if we can avoid a no-deal Brexit. In recent weeks, members of the Government have been falling over themselves to endorse a no-deal Brexit, despite the damage that will do to the automotive sector. Will he not put his own job ahead of those of my constituents—will he rule out a no-deal Brexit today?

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

I am sure the hon. Gentleman welcomes the commitment given by Vauxhall’s owners to invest in Ellesmere Port, but he is absolutely right that they have said that that depends on a successful resolution of Brexit that means Vauxhall can continue to trade without tariffs and friction with the rest of the European Union. That reinforces how vital it is to secure such a deal.