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UK car industry is being put in the slow lane amid falling sales, warns Unite

The UK car industry is being put in the slow lane thanks to the government’s Brexit chaos, weakening global demand and ministers’ demonisation of diesel, Britain and Ireland’s largest union Unite said today (Thursday 4 April).

The warning came as car registration figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed demand for new cars fell 3.4 per cent in March.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The government’s Brexit chaos, weakening global demand and ministers’ demonisation of diesel are all combining to put the jewel in the crown of UK manufacturing in the slow lane.

“With investment plummeting, job losses racking up and Honda planning to leave the UK, it’s time for the government to wake up before it’s too late.

“In addition to continuing to work with Unite in putting a package together to persuade Honda to stay in the UK, ministers must start properly supporting the transition to electric and alternative powered vehicles with the massive investment needed to make the UK a world leader.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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Unite's Steve Turner