Ministers and MPs must stop gambling with the futures of UK workers and their families by taking ‘no deal’ off the table, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (Thursday 24 January) after aerospace giant Airbus issued its starkest warning yet over continued Brexit uncertainty.

Responding to a video message to workers by Airbus Chief Tom Enders, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “No deal Brexit fantasists should pay heed to this strongest warning yet from Airbus, a powerhouse of UK manufacturing and a central support to local and regional economies across the UK. The consequences of a no deal Brexit on the future of the UK’s world leading aerospace sector, its integrated supply chain and wider manufacturing would be catastrophic. 

“Tens of thousands of decent well paid skilled jobs that support families and represent the backbone of communities across the country, are caught in the crossfire of a no deal face-off which could deny future generations the hope and opportunity of high quality, well paid, apprenticeships into skilled work.

“Ministers and MPs must stop gambling with the futures of UK workers and their families. They must stop messing around with future investment into our industries. 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.

“But I also extend a warning to those employers either using Brexit as an excuse to shed jobs, or cut terms and conditions, or indeed any seeking to ‘walk away’ from UK Plc. 

“Unite and our hard working members will not stand idly by watching from the side lines. We will fight and fight to the end, industrially and politically, to protect our members, their families and the local communities that rely upon Airbus. We are a proud manufacturing nation and this union intends to see that remain the case, long after the farce of Brexit has passed.”


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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.


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