Peter Johnson, chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, says a trade deal is the only way the industry can thrive
Jim Holder
19 October 2017

The car industry's future health is in jeopardy until tariff-free access to the European Union is secured, Peter Johnson, chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), has warned.

Highlighting the implications of no agreement being reached following Brexit, Johnson said: “The UK’s automotive sector is a global leader and the future state and success of the industry could be jeopardised if a trade deal is not secured to allow tariff-free access to the European single market, following our vote to leave the EU.

“It is now essential that the Government makes a commitment to outline a clear negotiating position in order to ensure our industry has what it needs to secure its future success."

The RMI represents businesses that provide motor industry services and support to motorists across the UK. Its mission is to lobby for “higher standards of operation for the benefit of both consumers and the sector as a whole".

Johnson added: “It is vital that the Government encourages both economic and consumer confidence and enables investment in order for the retail motor industry to progress and thrive in a stable environment."

His words echo those of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chairman Mike Hawes, who has repeatedly called on the Government to establish stable terms during a transition period while Brexit plans are negotiated.

UK car sales fell in September for the first time in six years, with industry leaders blaming business and political uncertainty, as well as confusion over future air quality plans.

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19 October 2017

However Germany need us much more, with all those UK company cars being purchased from Merc, BMW and Audi, what idiots.

19 October 2017
mysteryx wrote:

However Germany need us much more, with all those UK company cars being purchased from Merc, BMW and Audi, what idiots.

Brexiteer arrogance.  The German car makers will survive, and eventually once UK sales are replaced by sales to the emerging markets, which won't take long the rate they are all growing, none of them will give two hoots about good old Blighty.

Any future investment to foreign owned UK car plants will be diverted to elsewhere in the Eurozone and mass car manufacturing in the UK will eventually cease along with all the auxiliary suppliers.

I guess company car drivers will have to get used to driving Kias and Hyundais.

20 October 2017
oaffie wrote:

Any future investment to foreign owned UK car plants will be diverted to elsewhere in the Eurozone

Where will the foreign owned UK car plants be moved to? There won't be an EU after the UK has left. Hungary will leave then Poland will leave. After that the Euro currency will collapse like an unstable house of cards and it will be the end of the EU.

The UK is in the EU at the moment and 400 jobs have been lost at the UK Vauxhall car factory.

20 October 2017
max1e6 wrote:

oaffie wrote:

Any future investment to foreign owned UK car plants will be diverted to elsewhere in the Eurozone

Where will the foreign owned UK car plants be moved to? There won't be an EU after the UK has left. Hungary will leave then Poland will leave. After that the Euro currency will collapse like an unstable house of cards and it will be the end of the EU.

The UK is in the EU at the moment and 400 jobs have been lost at the UK Vauxhall car factory.

 

Yes we've heard that since the formation of the Euro 20 years ago. UKIP were telling us the EU was done in 2010. If you're relying on that to save you, good luck.

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20 October 2017

I dont think this will happen.

We are an extremely important market to the Germans, it would be catastrophic for  them to lose the UK as a market, and given that the Brunhilda effectively runs Europe   (acheiving what Hitler never could), no one will stand up to her and she will not allow that to happen to her car manufacturers.

They will have to capitulate on this as if they put taxes on our product we will surely return the favour effectively killing their sales in the UK.....and the scales are loaded in their direction (heavily), in terms of units at stake.

20 October 2017
mysteryx wrote:

However Germany need us much more, with all those UK company cars being purchased from Merc, BMW and Audi, what idiots.

 

If that were the case TM would be setting the agenda rather than pleading with the EU to discuss trade. Just watched the laughable UKIP spokesperson say live on air ' the EU will veto any deal that's why we need to leave with no deal so that they will give us what they want' Which seems to be a bit of a logic fail.

20 October 2017

The transition period is 24th June 2016 to March 2019. Companies must adjust their operations right now to be ready for March 2019.

 

20 October 2017

British freedom and British democracy must come first.

Foreign car companies can leave the UK at any time.

Only a fool would give away their freedom and democratic rights for the possibility of some more money.

20 October 2017

Only a fool would write that ! Nissan, Honda and Toyota built factories in the UK with free European market access. Are you really that stupid ?

20 October 2017

If Nissan, Honda or Toyota want to leave the UK then I will help them pack their stuff on to the lorries.

Where are they going to go?

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