Thursday , March 30 2023

Toyota encourages support for the PM Brexit deal


Dr Johan van Zyl

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Dr. Johan van Zyl says the deal will protect the competitiveness of the automotive industry

Toyota's European boss has reaffirmed its support for Prime Minister Brexit's deal before the Tuesday Commons vote.

Dr Johan van Zyl said the deal was very important to protect the UK car industry and would stop losing any deal.

His intervention takes place a day after Jaguar Land Rover and Ford announced thousands of UK job cuts, blaming the global car market slowdown.

A Japanese company has said it could cut jobs if Brexit were not a deal.

A car manufacturer investing £ 250 million to produce the new Corolla at Burnaston is concerned about the potential disruption in its real supply chain.

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It is also concerned about new tariffs, as a large part of the cars it produces in the UK are exported to the EU.

The company, which also owns Deeside, employs 3,000 people in the UK.

Speaking at a new Corolla opening event on Monday, Dr. van Zyl told the BBC: "Since the start of the Brexit discussions, we have said that we would like to see trade without taxes or tariffs, and of course we would like to see a regime in which the EU and UK legislation is identical.

"This is what we really need to make sure that our actions can continue, as is the case today."

He added: "The great thing [the Brexit] the fact that it really enables us to remain competitive. But if we introduce any friction or tariff in the system, it will affect our costs and this will affect our competitiveness. "

Theresa May has urged MEPs to return to her Brexit deal "for the benefit of the country" because Tuesday's Commons vote is closer.

However, despite EU backstop guarantees – a back-up plan to avoid returning to the physical border controls in Northern Ireland – it seems unlikely that she will triumph, says political observers.

Greg Clarks, Minister of Entrepreneurship, who took part in the Toyota event on Monday, said that non-support for the deal could harm British business.

He told the BBC: "What we need to do to continue our success, for example, [Burnaston] whether we must continue to be able to sell in Europe, protect the fair products that have been the basis for its success, and we are absolutely committed to ensuring that it continues.

"I think it is really important that Parliament listens to people who create jobs in the region and across the country and act on it."

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