In 2018, approximately 1.1m vehicles were produced at Ford of Europe facilities, and 416,000 at joint venture facilities © Ford of Europe GmbH
In 2018, approximately 1.1m vehicles were produced at Ford of Europe facilities, and 416,000 at joint venture facilities © Ford of Europe GmbH

Ford says no-deal Brexit would be 'catastrophe'

14 February 2019

Ford has said it “will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of European business” amid concerns over a no-deal Brexit.

Reportedly on Wednesday Ford warned prime minister Theresa May in a call with business leaders that it was preparing alternative sites abroad, according to the Times.

Ford told SM there was “no decision to announce” in regard to manufacturing.

Nissan recently announced it would be moving production from Sunderland to Japan while Jaguar Land Rover has raised concerns about the impact of a hard Brexit.

Ford said in a statement to SM: “We have long urged the UK government and Parliament to work together to avoid the country leaving the EU on a no-deal, hard Brexit basis on March 29. Such a situation would be catastrophic for the UK auto industry and Ford’s manufacturing operations in the country.

“We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business.”

Ford has significant supply chains set up in Europe. Ford of Europe (FoE) spans across 50 markets, with headquarters in Germany and 24 manufacturing facilities. According to Ford, in 2018, approximately 1.1m vehicles were produced at FoE facilities, and 416,000 at joint venture facilities.

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