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BMW: It makes sense for us to stay in Britain

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BMW’s most senior British board member said it was in the German giant’s ‘strategic interest’ to keep car production in the UK after Brexit.

Dr Ian Robertson, BMW’s global sales and marketing director, said while leaving the EU was an issue to be considered, it was not a ‘main driver’ in decision-making.

He said the company’s production strategy ‘follows sales’, with 250,000 cars sold here last year. The comments marks a significan­t softening of the firm’s stance, which has previously been very vocal in its opposition to Brexit. BMW has asked for a retention of freedom of labour across Europe.

Dr Robertson conceded board meetings discussing Brexit were ‘passionate but pragmatic’, but added: ‘We tend not to look at short-term issues.’

He declined to say whether the new electric Mini would be built abroad as has been speculated, but stressed it was just one variant of the full range, most of which are built at BMW’s Oxford factory.

It also has a Rolls-Royce factory in Goodwood in West Sussex and an engine production unit in Hams Hall, near Birmingham.

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