Airbus boss Tom Enders has blasted Brexit and the failure of politicians to negotiate a good deal as “madness” and a “disgrace”. He also warns that the aircraft manufacturer could move wing production from the UK in the event of a hard Brexit.
Enders was speaking in a company video where he said that “potentially very harmful decisions” would have to be made in the future with a no deal Brexit.
Airbus said there would be no immediate change to its UK operations because of the company’s production cycles but it warned the UK’s position “at the forefront of global aviation for more than a century” was clearly threatened.
Airbus employs more than 14,000 staff in the country, with the bulk of the workforce stationed at its two biggest sites at Filton and Broughton – the latter where all wing assembly takes place.
The company said its current UK operations also support a further 110,000 roles in the wider economy.
“Please don’t listen to the Brexiteers’ madness which asserts that because we have huge plants here, we will not move and we will always be here.
“They are wrong. Of course it’s not possible to pick up and move our large UK factories to other parts of the world immediately, however aerospace is a long term business and we could be forced to redirect future investments in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“In a global economy, the UK no longer has the capability to go it alone.”