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Car manufacturers rebel against Tories over Brexit ‘unpreparedness’

A Mini in the early stages of production receives its final inspection before being painted [Image: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images].

The Tories were keen to show car firms’ keenness to stay in the UK as proof that they had faith in the UK, post-Brexit. Now that faith is fading away, due to Theresa May’s foolishness.

The Government faces a growing revolt from carmakers in Britain unhappy at the slow pace of clarity over post-Brexit customs arrangements crucial to their business model.

Sky News has been shown internal industry memos, circulating at the Frankfurt Motor Show, expressing exasperation at the state of preparedness for changes to customs – which could come in in March 2019 and for which immediate investment and staffing is required.

The industry has watched with trepidation as the Government has downgraded reassurances, especially as businesses perceive that it does not prioritise – and in some cases even understand – its “just-in-time” manufacturing methods and its pan-European “integrated supply chains”.

The industry is unimpressed with a proposal floating around Government that factories essentially enforce customs arrangements themselves, through a massive expansion of a current EU scheme for the accreditation of “authorised economic operators”.

There is also some tension over the Government repeatedly claiming investment decisions as endorsements of its Brexit strategy.

Source: Government faces Brexit revolt from unhappy carmakers over customs

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