In a video message, Airbus CEO Tom Enders has again urged UK decision makers to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
The world’s second-largest aerospace group employs 14,000 people in Britain, including 6,000 at its main wings factory at Broughton, Wales, and 3,000 in Filton, western England, where wings are designed and supported.
You can watch the video message here.
He praised the UK for having been at the forefront of global aviation for more than a century, but states that a no-deal Brexit will lead to Airbus making “potentially very harmful decisions for its operations in the UK”.
Enders condemned the uncertainty over the UK’s arrangements as a “disgrace” and describes any suggestion that the scale of Airbus’s large production operation assures its UK presence as incorrect.
“Please don’t listen to the Brexiteers’ madness which asserts that, because we have huge plants here, we will not move and we will always be here,” Enders said in a statement released by Airbus.
“They are wrong.
“Of course, it is not possible to pick up and move our large UK factories to other parts of the world immediately. However, aerospace is a long-term business and we could be forced to redirect future investments in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”
Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice President for Airbus in the UK, adds:
“We fear some MPs see no-deal as a genuine option and for this reason we’re speaking out louder than ever before because this is too important a moment to let pass without some truths being known.”
Airbus is one of the largest commercial aerospace employers in the UK and its biggest civil aerospace exporter; the biggest supplier of helicopters in the country; the UK’s largest space company and provider of military satellite communications and bills itself as the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the Royal Air Force.