BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Ford backs PM May's Brexit plan to avoid no-deal 'catastrophe'

Now Reading :

Ford backs PM May's Brexit plan to avoid no-deal 'catastrophe'

Ford backs PM May's Brexit plan to avoid no-deal 'catastrophe'
@ Copyright :
Shannon Stapleton(Reuters)
Text size Aa Aa

LONDON (Reuters) - Ford <F.N> warned that Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement should be backed to avoid a no deal “catastrophe” but said that a guarantee on long-term frictionless trade, which is key to the future of its British plants, is not clear enough.

Ford Europe boss Steven Armstrong told Reuters the company is considering importing more cars into Britain ahead of time to avoid any disruption if there is no deal, is working with suppliers to minimise delays and is re-examining infrastructure at its own Dagenham port.

gi

Britain is due to leave the world's largest free trade bloc on March 29 but there are concerns over what happens if parliamentarians vote down May's proposed deal next month, including possible snarl-ups at ports and motorways which would disrupt manufacturers.

Armstrong said May's deal with Brussels "isn't perfect" but allows the firm to plan.

"A no deal Brexit would be a catastrophe ... It’s important that we get the agreement ratified that’s on the table at the moment," he said.

Manufacturers are also seeking a guarantee of free-flowing trade to avoid delays and extra customs checks at ports when future trading rules kick in after a transition period, which is due to end in 2020.

"I keep pushing the point that we need frictionless trade at the borders as well," Armstrong said. "That's not quite crystal clear in the withdrawal agreement."

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, editing by Stephen Addison)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.