‘No deal’ Brexit should be taken off the table says Unite amid Ford warnings

Brexit warnings from the car giant Ford underline the catastrophic consequences of a no deal Brexit, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (Wednesday 13 February) as it called on ministers and MPs to take a no deal, hard Brexit off the table.

The call came after The Times said Ford had told prime minister Theresa May during a telephone call with business leaders that it was preparing alternative sites abroad.

Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “This latest warning from Ford underlines the catastrophic consequences of a no deal Brexit on the UK’s world leading car industry, its integrated supply chain and wider manufacturing communities.

“Ministers and MPs must stop gambling with the futures of UK workers and their families. They now must do what is best for the country by taking a no deal, hard Brexit off the table and securing the tariff-free, frictionless trade with Europe through a permanent customs union on which our manufacturing success depends.”


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

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.


Take a no deal Brexit off the table

Millions of livelihoods and the future of manufacturing communities across the UK are hanging in the balance. The game of playing roulette with people’s lives needs to end. A no-deal Brexit needs to be taken off the table and a deal secured which ensures an on-going customs arrangement and tariff free, frictionless trade secured."

Unite's Steve Turner