‘No deal’ blow for car maker

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

AS­TON Martin has warned it may have to halt pro­duc­tion of all its cars if the Prime Min­is­ter fails to se­cure a Brexit deal.

The lux­ury mo­tor man­u­fac­turer – which makes all its cars in the UK – told MPs that leav­ing the EU with­out a trade deal in place would be ‘semi-cat­a­strophic’.

Cars made in the UK have to be tested and ap­proved by the Ve­hi­cle Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Agency (VCA), which al­lows them to be sold in the EU. But man­u­fac­tur­ers have warned that un­less the UK strikes a deal with Brus­sels, the VCA ap­proval would no longer be valid.

Car mak­ers would then have to stop pro­duc­tion while they wait for ap­proval from au­thor­i­ties in other mar­kets.

As­ton Martin’s fi­nance chief Mark Wil­son, giv­ing ev­i­dence to the Com­mons busi­ness, en­ergy and in­dus­trial strat­egy com­mit­tee, said: ‘We pro­duce our cars ex­clu­sively in Bri­tain.

‘With­out VCA-type ap­proval it re­ally is a stark pic­ture for us.’

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