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Blue Oval's European boss says imposition of tariffs between UK and EU would be "pretty disastrous" for British industry

Ford’s European boss has warned that a no-deal Brexit would prompt the firm to review its future in the UK.

Steven Armstrong told the BBC that failure to reach a deal for Britain’s departure from the EU, which could lead to the imposition of World Trade Organization rules and tariffs, would be “pretty disastrous” for British industry.

Brexit: what it means for the UK car industry

Ford currently makes engines at its plants in Dagenham and Bridgend, and transmissions at Halewood. Those units are shipped to other plants to be installed in chassis.

Trading under a WTO arrangement, which would involve tariffs on parts shipped between Britain and the EU, would “put a significant amount of cost in our business", said Armstrong. He added: “It would certainly make us think long and hard about our future investment strategy [in the UK].”

Armstrong also cautioned against a proposed Brexit arrangement based on the EU’s deal with Canada, which would allow for tariff-free trade but still involve border checks. Armstrong said that “would upset the just-in-time delivery model used by the company in Europe”.

Ford is currently understood to be considering a major restructuring of its business due to falling profits, with analysts at Morgan Stanley suggesting the firm could cut 24,000 jobs in Europe. That report was dismissed by Ford as "pure speculation".

Armstrong is the latest in a number of senior car industry executives to speak out against a possible no-deal Brexit. Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has previously said fears over Brexit had already cost jobs, while Toyota has warned of disruption at its Burnaston plant. 

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TheDriver 17 October 2018

EU mole?

Whenever Autocar runs an article mentioning Brexit, the number of postings by Symanski suggest a cyber attack by the EU propaganda machine. 

That bloke 16 October 2018

So what?

So what?

275not599 17 October 2018

That bloke

Maybe you think that the pompous guff you add onto the end of your posts impresses people. I personally find that it predisposes me to thinking that you are a twat.  But of course you won't read my reply, because you are a twat.  Or at least, you claim you won't read my reply, but you will, because you are a twat.  And even if you did, you claim that you don't care, because you are a twat.  So I am saying you are a twat.  You might be able to convince me that you aren't a twat but, to do that, you would have to reply, so you'd be a twat.  So, all in all, you have painted yourself into a twat corner.

Herald 16 October 2018

Corporate bulls!*t ...

 ... "It would certainly make us think long and hard about our future investment strategy (in the UK)" .... to which I hope the response from the British public would be to think long and hard about which company provides their next automotive purchase.

kboothby 16 October 2018


too true