Today, the boss of Airbus criticised the government’s handling of Brexit as a “disgrace” which meant it still couldn’t plan properly, even with just two months to go. In addition, he warned that Airbus might have to take decisions with the potential to be “very harmful” for the UK.
Today’s unprecedented warnings from Tom Enders echo those made during the referendum campaign, which were dismissed as “Project Fear”. However, they also follow news that James Dyson (a supporter of Brexit) is moving his company’s headquarters to Singapore, and Sony is moving its headquarters to Amsterdam to avoid Brexit disruption. The Netherlands’ capital is reportedly talking to over 250 business about them locating there. In October last year, even the Government advised that some companies should move to Europe if there was a no-deal Brexit.
Airbus is a pan-European company with several sites across Britain, France, Germany and Spain. With 3,000 direct employees at Filton, it is one of the largest employers in Bristol and the surrounding areas. In addition, many other jobs are reliant or connected to the Bristol operation would be at risk if the company were to relocate.
This is an abbreviated "news" version of an opinion piece by our Bristol South Parliamentary Spokesperson, Andrew Brown, which you can read in full here.