Currently reading: Brexit shutdowns cause UK car production slump in April
SMMT again warns of no-deal Brexit risks after planned shutdowns lead to sharp decline in manufacturing
James Attwood, digital editor
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30 May 2019

A number of factory shutdowns timed to coincide with the originally scheduled date of Britain's departure from the European Union led to a dramatic 44.5% year-on-year slump in UK car manufacturing in April.

A total of 70,971 cars were built in the UK in April, down 56,999 on the 127,970 produced in the same month of 2018, according to data produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It was the 11th straight month in which manufacturing output declined.

While UK manufacturing has been substantially down in 2019 – with a 22.4% year-on-year decline so far – the April figures were heightened by several car firms, including Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, bringing forward production stoppages usually planned for the summer to guard against any delays caused by Britain leaving the European Union, which had been due to take place on 29 March. 

Brexit was subsequently delayed, and is now scheduled to take place on 31 October. It is highly unlikely firms will be able to suspend production again following this date, and SMMT president Mike Hawes again called on politicians to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit to minimise further damage to the industry.

Hawes said the figures were “evidence of the vast cost and upheaval Brexit uncertainty has already wrought on UK automotive manufacturing businesses and workers”.

He added: “Prolonged instability has done untold damage, with the fear of ‘no deal’ holding back progress, causing investment to stall, jobs to be lost and undermining our global reputation.

“This is why ‘no deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently, so industry can get back to the business of delivering for the economy and keeping the UK at the forefront of the global technology race.”

Production figures in April were also hit by a decline in demand in both the UK and overseas, including the continuing struggles within the Chinese and EU markets.

The SMMT estimates that, if the UK leaves the EU with a "favourable deal and substantial transition period", the decline in production will ease by the end of the year – although in this best-case scenario year-on-year output would still be around 10.5% down on 2018.

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Peter Cavellini 30 May 2019

David Cameron.....

  We wouldn’t have had Brexit if this tosser been lucky enough to lead the British Bull by the Nose, who said Tony Blair didn’t do it too....

TStag 30 May 2019

This isnt about whether the

This isnt about whether the outcome of Brexit is a good thing or a bad thing. It's about how long it's taking to deliver and the disruption it causes. So far the government have spend 100 million pounds on advisors, 50 million on Ferries they don't need and god knows what else. Meanwhile everyone else has to plan for something which they have no idea when it will be delivered or what it will look like

Many people would say that this alone is cause enough to abandon Brexit as unworkable and as a waste of time and energy that could be spent more effectively on things like improving our road or nhs....

Straff 30 May 2019

???

TStag wrote:

Many people would say that this alone is cause enough to abandon Brexit as unworkable and as a waste of time and energy that could be spent more effectively on things like improving our road or nhs....

And how much money have we sent the EU in that time at a net loss of over 153 million a week? They're BBC figures released on Tuesday. No deal Brexit - bring it on.

TStag 30 May 2019

Straff wrote:

Straff wrote:

TStag wrote:

Many people would say that this alone is cause enough to abandon Brexit as unworkable and as a waste of time and energy that could be spent more effectively on things like improving our road or nhs....

And how much money have we sent the EU in that time at a net loss of over 153 million a week? They're BBC figures released on Tuesday. No deal Brexit - bring it on.

 

And what will the weekly number be in lost sales to the EU under WTO terms? Of course you can say not much I can say a lot. Then we can argue which economists are right the 3 on the Brexit side or the thousands on the Remain side and on and on it goes. 

Frankly I like many people have lost patience with this. So if you can get a WTO Brexit through parliament great please get on with it and if this all backfires then we can start our application to rejoin the EU. If you can't get this done please get real and put it back to the people. No deal vs Remain.

Rtfazeberdee 31 May 2019

Straff wrote:

Straff wrote:

And how much money have we sent the EU in that time at a net loss of over 153 million a week? They're BBC figures released on Tuesday. No deal Brexit - bring it on.

Anyone who advocates No Deal as a solution has no idea what they are talking about as they seem to think there'll be no ramifications and no hard border in Ireland - dream on.

Please post a link to that BBC article then we can then read it ourselves and understand what it really means, we know brexiters have no real ability to understand consequences etc.

Straff 30 May 2019

???

So, presumably, we're going to see a huge increase in production in the summer when these companies don't close down as usual?