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Unite Wales reaction to Airbus CEO’s Brexit Comments

Speaking following the release of a video message from Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, in which he warns of the implications that a “no deal” Brexit could bring, Peter Hughes Unite Wales Regional Secretary commented: “Tom Enders comments today could not be any clearer regarding the devastating impact that a no-deal Brexit could have on Airbus in the UK and Wales. Airbus is absolutely central to the future prosperity of Wales. Manufacturing is the bedrock upon which the Welsh economy is built; its protection must now take the highest priority within the UK Governments Brexit strategy.

“Unfortunately economic reality does not seem to play any part in current Government thinking. Their direction of Brexit travel, designed to placate the Brexiteers within the Tory Party, is now increasingly leading to an outcome where we leave the EU without an agreement. Surely today’s warning from Airbus must be the point at which Theresa May finally wakes up to the grave danger facing many of our key employers and removes no-deal as a possible Brexit outcome.

“If she doesn’t do this and we do indeed leave with no deal, the ramifications for Welsh manufacturing, and our economy, would be truly cataclysmic. Wales would suffer unprecedented job losses in the tens of thousands, huge areas of our country would be decimated by economic decline. The damage it could cause to Wales would be very difficult, if not impossible, to recover from.

“My message to Theresa May and the UK Government, is that she can’t allow Wales’ economy to be trashed in order to placate the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson. She has a duty as Prime Minister to put the country above her party and protect the jobs and livelihoods of ordinary working people. This outcome can only be achieved by the delivery of a jobs first Brexit that avoids the cliff edge of a no-deal.”

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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