Airbus has already warned it may leave the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This would affect thousands of jobs in Bristol.
Today I asked Transport Minister Jesse Norman what arrangements the government will make to keep Bristol’s aviation industry running if we crash out of the EU.
His response was astonishing. He referred me to the governments papers on preparing for no deal. I have read these papers – and the lack of detail is shocking. What’s more, the paper on trading with the EU in the event of no deal says little more than our trading arrangements will be “broadly the same as those that apply to businesses that trade with countries outside of the EU.”
This response is neither helpful, nor does it inspire confidence for companies like Airbus.
This is just one reason (of many) that I believe the best relationship we can have with the EU is full membership, or failing that, a Single Market/Customs Union style relationship, similar to that Norway has with the EU. You can see some of my work on Brexit here. I will keep fighting the Tories callous approach to our economy as we stumble close to the Brexit cliff edge.
THANGAM: If there is no deal, can the Secretary of State tell us, will Airbus, which is critical for Bristol jobs, and other manufacturing industries in their supply chain, be able to maintain planes and move parts between the EU and the UK exactly as before?
MINISTER: As the Hon. Lady knows, we expect there to be a deal, there is every reason for there to be a deal and there are contingency arrangements already in place. I would direct her to the technical notices already published on this.