Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive:
Today’s white paper is a welcome step forward in replicating the benefits of the single market and customs union as we leave the EU. The paper is evidence that government recognises the importance of the automotive sector and the need to safeguard our competitiveness in our future relationship with the EU.
Trade with the EU must be completely without friction, tariffs or disruption to supply chains or just-in-time manufacturing. This can only be achieved by the avoidance of any customs checks or other barriers and by ensuring that the UK and the EU operate within the same regulation framework.
“Government has shown it is listening and that it shares our objectives. We will continue to engage on the detail to ensure the best outcome for UK Automotive.