Latest car figures released today (Thursday 30 August) by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) underline the critical need for Theresa May to avoid a cliff edge Brexit warned Unite, the UK’s largest union representing manufacturing workers.

The number of cars built in UK factories slumped by 11 per cent last month compared to a year ago, according to the SMMT, with just over 121,000 cars leaving production lines. There was a fall of 35 per cent in models built for the UK, while car production for export in July fell by 4.2 per cent.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Today’s car figures once again underline the critical need for Theresa May to avoid a cliff edge Brexit. The UK’s car workers and those in the supply chain have worked tirelessly to make Britain’s car industry a global leader.

“With government confusion over diesel continuing to take its toil it would be a betrayal if a jewel in the crown of UK manufacturing was sacrificed on the altar of a hard Brexit.

“Car workers and their families demand certainty for the future and a Brexit deal that secures tariff free access to a customs union so that the British car industry can continue to go from strength to strength.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.