Tom Enders, outgoing Chief Executive of Airbus, told us that a no deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the company and as a result would put its future in Broughton at risk.
He joins a list of other organisations – like the British Medical Association (which is made up of our doctors) and businesses (like the joint letter from all major supermarkets) – who have stated that a no deal Brexit would put our country at risk. We must listen to these experts and act upon their advice.
I asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he had met the outgoing Chief Executive and if he would act upon his advice.
I cannot stand idly by and see our jobs and local economy put at risk.
It is time for the UK Government to wake up to the realities of Brexit. The announcement by Airbus – as well as BMW and Siemens – should make them realise that it is time to put forward a decent Brexit settlement and not one based in a strange dreamworld.
The UK Government’s Brexit negotiations are failing as they can’t even decide amongst themselves what they want. This is putting decent employers in a terrible position where they cannot plan for the future.
1,500 people live in Delyn and work at the Airbus plant in Broughton. We cannot lose these jobs and the Government should get its act together and agree with me, and the Labour Party, that we should become a member of a Customs Union and a version of the European Economic Area. This will secure our trading partnership with the EU and jobs.
But this isn’t just a question of trading relationships it’s about aviation standards. The Government couldn’t promise me today that the UK will remain part of these vital bodies. Without membership of this body planes won’t fly: as simple as that.