BMW city plant could be hit by cus­toms de­lays which ‘would threaten 850,000 around in­dus­try’

Birmingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Walker Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent

UP to 850,000 jobs are at risk in the au­to­mo­tive chain – in­clud­ing those at BMW’s Birm­ing­ham hub – say car man­u­fac­tur­ers af­ter the Ger­man gi­ant was the lat­est to is­sue a stern warn­ing it may pull out of the UK af­ter Brexit.

Time is ‘run­ning out’ for the UK to strike a deal to al­low the Bri­tish car in­dus­try to sur­vive, says the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders, which rep­re­sents car mak­ers in the UK.

BMW this week warned a hard Brexit would mean cus­toms de­lays and this crit­i­cal sup­ply dis­rup­tion is likely to force them to close plants across the UK, in­clud­ing the en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Hams Hall.

So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Hawes said: “There is grow­ing frus­tra­tion in global board­rooms at the slow pace of ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

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