Sep 9, 2019

Brexit: BMW could cut shifts at Mini plant in event of no-deal

Workers at the Mini plant in Oxford could see their shifts cut in the event of a no-deal Brexit, BMW's finance chief has told the BBC. Nicolas Peter said production was likely to fall at the Cowley factory, affecting jobs. A range of car companies in the UK have warned that the loss of frictionless trade after a no-deal Brexit could damage their business. The PSA Group has said it will only build the next generation Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port plant if a satisfactory Brexit deal is reached. Mr Peter said there were no plans to close any UK factories on the table, but the firm will shut its Cowley plant on 31 October and 1 November. Shutdowns are common in the car industry, and BMW as well as Toyota plan to pause production to minimise disruption after Brexit.

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