Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the Government's level of preparedness within the automotive industry in September 2019 compared to March 2019; and what plans the Government has put in place to protect the automotive industry's just-in-time supply chain.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The UK automotive industry remains one of our great success stories, and we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive after we leave the European Union. The Government is in regular dialogue with businesses in the automotive sector, including those in the supply chain.

We recognise that adapting to new regulatory requirements takes time, so the Government will provide continuity in goods regulation for a temporary period after exit day. If UK manufacturers, distributors and importers continue to meet EU requirements, their goods can still be placed on the EU market.

Since March 2019 the Government has updated technical notices on placing manufactured goods on the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-uk-market-if-theres-no-brexit-deal#non-harmonised-goods and EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-eu-internal-market-if-theres-no-deal markets after Brexit. There also exists dedicated, tailored advice available for the automotive sector. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-automotive-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

In the event of a no deal exit, tariffs will not apply to car parts. Furthermore, the Government will continue to apply zero tariffs to steel imports, ensuring the continuation of supply of a key material for UK automotive production.

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