Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the motor manufacturing industry of the UK leaving the EU with no deal.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The Department works closely with the UK automotive industry to understand the impacts and opportunities of leaving the EU. A strong common ground exists between us and other EU member states for automotive trade. The UK is the second largest market for cars in the EU, and manufacturing supply chains are highly integrated across Europe. It is in both our interests to ensure trade is free. The Government will continue its longstanding programme of support for the sector’s competitiveness. We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive and advanced manufacturing. This includes seeking a tariff and barrier-free comprehensive free trade deal in goods and services with the EU for a new, mutually beneficial customs agreement that allows cross-border trade to be as frictionless as possible.

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