SMMT president Mike Hawes highlights strength of car industry in letter to new Prime Minister

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to rule out a no-deal Brexit by the head of car industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

SMMT boss Mike Hawes has long warned of the dangers posted by Britain leaving the European Union without a trade deal in place, and reiterated that in a letter to Johnson, who took over as the UK’s Prime Minister from Theresa May earlier this week. 

Johnson campaigned for Brexit during the 2016 referendum over Britain’s EU membership, and has repeatedly said that he will leave without a deal in place on 31 October – the current deadline – if the EU doesn’t compromise over issues such as the Northern Ireland ‘backdrop’.

In his letter, Hawes congratulated Johnson on his appointment and highlighted the “dramatic and exciting change” the industry is undergoing with new technology and the shift to electrification.

Noting that the automotive industry contributes £18.6 billion to the UK economy, Hawes wrote: “The UK sector remains strong, with high levels of productivity, a skilled and flexible workforce and first-rate research and engineering facilities, so we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that emerge.”

However, Hawes added that the industry needs “the right policy, business and trading environment if we are to thrive”. He called for Johnson to invest in charging infrastructure for electrified vehicles and increase customer incentives to buy them, as well as supporting the construction of a gigafactory for producing batteries in the UK.

“We must make the UK the most attractive destination for investors, creating an internationally competitive business environment and developing skills in new digital technologies," he said. "Above all, we must ensure the sector continues to enjoy – without interruption – preferential trade with critical markets around the world, including the EU. 

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“A no-deal Brexit presents an existential threat to our industry. We are highly integrated with Europe, and a no-deal Brexit would result in huge tariff costs and disruption that would threaten production, as well as further undermining international investors’ confidence in the UK. We need a deal with the EU that secures frictionless and tariff free trade. No-deal Brexit is simply not an option.”

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26 July 2019

All versions of Brexit leaves Britain worse off.   Your government told you.   Bank of England told you.   Economists have told you.   And more imporatantly, employers have told you.

 

Listen to the business people of the UK, the ones who are trading in the UK, selling to Europe, the backbone of the economy.   Brexit is badly affecting their business and it will cost Britain deal.   £90bn already lost in revenue, and counting, because of Brexit.

 

Stand up for Britain and stop Brexit.

 

26 July 2019
Symanski wrote:

All versions of Brexit leaves Britain worse off.   Your government told you.   Bank of England told you.   Economists have told you.   And more imporatantly, employers have told you.

 

Listen to the business people of the UK, the ones who are trading in the UK, selling to Europe, the backbone of the economy.   Brexit is badly affecting their business and it will cost Britain deal.   £90bn already lost in revenue, and counting, because of Brexit.

 

Stand up for Britain and stop Brexit.

 

Nothing is ever that straight forward, everyone has an agenda including the bank of England, there are also many UK businesses who think leaving will be better for the economy. I have read so many for and against arguments in the press and on the internet and only one thing remains clear. No one knows how we will fare, everyone reports ruputed facts based on their own side of the argument but no one knows.

The decision was made and now we have to get on with it and it's about time the politicians did so without their own personal agenda getting in the way and ruining any chance of a good deal.

27 July 2019
si73 wrote:

Nothing is ever that straight forward, everyone has an agenda including the bank of England, there are also many UK businesses who think leaving will be better for the economy.

 

A minority of businesses believe that Brexit will be good for them, mainly because they're betting against Britain and want the wage bills reduced through Brexit.   It's not for the benefit of British workers, but their own profit margins.

 

The likes of Sir Bamford at JCB.   He wants to cut the wages bill at JCB.  Or Dyson who's moved production out of the UK, and even moved his headquarters out too.

 

Then there's JRM telling his investors to move their funds out of the UK because of Brexit, the very process he's supporting!

 

The common fact is that these are all people who are betting against Britain, and making it poorer.   All for their own personal again.   They don't care about you.

 

27 July 2019
si73 wrote:

Symanski wrote:

All versions of Brexit leaves Britain worse off.   Your government told you.   Bank of England told you.   Economists have told you.   And more imporatantly, employers have told you.

 

Listen to the business people of the UK, the ones who are trading in the UK, selling to Europe, the backbone of the economy.   Brexit is badly affecting their business and it will cost Britain deal.   £90bn already lost in revenue, and counting, because of Brexit. Nobody Days you must jump in the Fire to see how hot it is, it’s a best guess scenario, having back room boys predicting what it might be like, yes, it might be better,but , it might not,and depending how much you’ve got Squirrelled away, Brexit could make your life a whole lot worse...!

 

Stand up for Britain and stop Brexit.

 

Nothing is ever that straight forward, everyone has an agenda including the bank of England, there are also many UK businesses who think leaving will be better for the economy. I have read so many for and against arguments in the press and on the internet and only one thing remains clear. No one knows how we will fare, everyone reports ruputed facts based on their own side of the argument but no one knows.

The decision was made and now we have to get on with it and it's about time the politicians did so without their own personal agenda getting in the way and ruining any chance of a good deal.

27 July 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Nobody Days you must jump in the Fire to see how hot it is, it’s a best guess scenario, having back room boys predicting what it might be like, yes, it might be better,but , it might not,and depending how much you’ve got Squirrelled away, Brexit could make your life a whole lot worse...!

If you're going to quote me please ensure that your answer is separated from what I said so that it is not misinterpreted.

 

Forecast said it was going to rain today.   Guess what?   It rained today.

 

With a bit of knowledge you can make a reasonable prediction, or forecast.   With Brexit you can do the same.   Add extra barriers to trade, will trade go up or down?   Add extra costs to your customers to buy from you, will they still buy the same amount or not?

 

As Britain is an net importer of everything from food to products, will crashing your currency make those goods cheaper or more expensive?

 

How will these affect the quality of life of Brits?

 

Now, there's the start of you you would make a forecast.   Not hard, was it?

 

26 July 2019
Symanski wrote:

All versions of Brexit leaves Britain worse off.   Your government told you.   Bank of England told you.   Economists have told you.   And more imporatantly, employers have told you.Listen to the business people of the UK, the ones who are trading in the UK, selling to Europe, the backbone of the economy.   Brexit is badly affecting their business and it will cost Britain deal.   £90bn already lost in revenue, and counting, because of Brexit.

Stand up for Britain and stop Brexit.

I'm not sure if I should call you a twat or a liar. Just lets say that the majority of people voted FOR Brexit - if you believe they did that against everyone's advice then it's time you took your medication.

Anyway back to the story and as a Brexiteer my only complaint was being in the same camp as the likes of BJ and Farage, both of who's reasoning (or lack of reasoning) I fail to understand. But the letter from Mike Hawes...  Jeez

Symanski - you really need to take a look in the mirror. A trade deal was on the table - you and Mr hawes had what you wanted, the same trade agreements, yet you consistantly heldd the line "cancel Brexit", "Stop Brexit" blah blah blah.  If you'd agreed and accepted the deal then there would not have been a Boris Johnsone type running government and the cabinet would not have been full of folk who'd leave without a deal.

Are Mr Hawes and yourself just plain stupid or do you both suffer from so much self importance that you can't see the big picture?   

 

27 July 2019
scotty5 wrote:

I'm not sure if I should call you a twat or a liar.

 

I've come to expect insults from Brexiters whenever you quote facts to them.   Seems they don't like the truth.

27 July 2019
Symanski wrote:

All versions of Brexit leaves Britain worse off.   Your government told you.   Bank of England told you.   Economists have told you.   And more imporatantly, employers have told you.

 

Listen to the business people of the UK, the ones who are trading in the UK, selling to Europe, the backbone of the economy.   Brexit is badly affecting their business and it will cost Britain deal.   £90bn already lost in revenue, and counting, because of Brexit.

 

Stand up for Britain and stop Brexit.

 

Don't take this the wrong way.  You're an idiot.

27 July 2019
jason_recliner wrote:

Don't take this the wrong way.  You're an idiot.

 

More insults from the Flat Brexiters.   They won't listen to reality, to the truth, to the honest replies from the busiess people who drive the country's economy.   Complete denial of reality.

 

Who will they blame when they're jobless?

 

27 July 2019

I would have been a remainer, but you simply cannot just stop Brexit. The people voted for it, so it has to happen. If we just had refurendums as many times as we wanted to get the result we wanted, imagine the chaos. Nicola Sturgeon would have daily refurendums and the union would break up. It is more important we keep Scotland than stay in the EU.

Then again, if everyone was that worried about industry and workers, they could have voted for May's deal. So standing up and moaning about no deals impact and quoting make uk dosent make sense Corbyn. Everything that man says is basically what he deems to be the most popular opinion off google.

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