Senior Unite activists from the East Midlands will lobby MPs (tomorrow March 12) about how both a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the prime minister’s Brexit deal, would significantly damage key employers in the region.

Toyota and Rolls Royce reps

The Unite delegation led by East Midlands regional secretary Paresh Patel and comprising Unite reps from Toyota and Rolls Royce which are both based in Derby, coincides with the latest meaningful vote on the prime minister’s plan to leave the European Union.

The Unite delegation will argue that in order to preserve jobs it is essential that parliament agrees a deal which guarantees frictionless trade by ensuring the UK remains part of a customs union with the EU and is closely aligned with the single market.

Largest regional employers

Rolls Royce and Toyota are two of the largest employers in the region and their continued wellbeing is essential for the East Midlands manufacturing base. Rolls Royce employs in excess of 15,000 workers and Toyota has over 4,000 employees.

MPs who the activists have arranged to meet include Conservative’s Maggie Throup, Jack Brerton, Pauline Latham and Nicky Morgan. The Labour MPs who will be lobbied include: Roger Godsiff, Gloria De Piero, Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell.

National interest

Paresh Patel, said: “With the UK due to the leave the EU in a matter of days it is vital that MPs act in the national interest and defend our manufacturing sector.

“Anything less than a guarantee of frictionless trade will damage the productivity and viability of the primary manufactures in the region and could have dire consequences on the economic wellbeing of the East Midlands.

“Our members will be using this opportunity to lobby MPs to spell out the damage that a no deal Brexit or the prime minister’s deal would have on their companies.”

Get the message to MPs

Peter Tsouvallaris, Unite convenor, Toyota: “We have been working tirelessly for the past two years to get the message across to MPs from all parties that a ‘no deal’ Brexit will be catastrophic to our members.

“History has shown us that once these high value jobs go they never come back.”

Impact on jobs

Simon Hemmings, convenor, Rolls Royce, Derby: “The Unite representatives from Rolls Royce are going down to parliament to ensure that the MPs who have our members in their constituency understand the impact of their decisions on our jobs in the region.

“The government deal on the table does not provide the protection we need and a ‘no deal’ Brexit seriously damages the prospect of future investment.”



Notes to editors:

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


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