Today, Ian Robertson, a member of the board of BMW, confirmed that the company is not considering moving production out of the United Kingdom because of the uncertainty that is linked to Brexit.
At a conference, a reporter asked Robertson whether the German car manufacturer was “actively considering” moving its production out of the United Kingdom because of the uncertainty over the future trade relationships. Robertson answered: “no we’re not.”
He added: “We are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here.”
The statement of the board member is in contrast to the comments that were published in the Financial Times last Tuesday which suggested that the German carmaker had joined the likes of Airbus in its warning that thousands of jobs in the United Kingdom would be under threat over a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Stephan Freismuth, the customs manager of BMW, was quoted while stating: “We always said we can do our best and prepare everything, but if at the end of the day the supply chain will have a stop at the border, then we cannot produce our products in the UK.”
Robertson said that the comments of the customs manager were taken out of context and was referring to the supply chain disruption that resulted in delays to production at the factories of the company.
Approximately 60 percent of the 378,000 Minis that were made by BMW during the previous year were released from the production line in Oxford. Currently, its factories in Hams Hall, Oxford, and Swindon employ around 6,300 workers to make the engines and Mini vehicles of BMW.
Also, around 90 percent of the parts that were used in the British plants of the company come from Europe. A department for business, energy and industrial strategy spokesperson said that their department was confident that the government would be able to secure a good deal with the European Union.