Head of BMW in the UK, Ian Robertson has clarified BMW’s stance on UK production post-Brexit, after comments earlier in the week suggesting the company would have to close in the event of a ‘No Deal Brexit’.
Talking to Reuters Robertson has backtracked on earlier comments from BMW’s customs manager, Stephan Freismuth stating, “we are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here” and when asked if BMW was actively considering pulling out of the UK over Brexit uncertainty, Robertson replied: “No, we’re not”.
Earlier this week, the Financial Times published comments from Freismuth, who said: “We always said that 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, we can’t produce our products in the UK.”
Robertson said that Freismuth was instead talking about supply disruption causing delays at BMW’s UK factories.
Although there is still a long way to go in terms of the Brexit negotiations and what will happen after the UK leave the EU these comments mean thousands of workers at the Swindon plant can sleep a little easier, for now.