Airbus warns of leaving UK unless there is a clarity on Brexit trade. Airbus employ more than 15,000 people in its wing making plants in UK. The parts from these plans are ferried across EU states in a regular basis and Airbus fear the customs and paperworks would delay the parts reaching on time. As an option Airbus plans to stockpile parts, but says it would increase the production cost and make British operations uncompetitive.
Katherine Bennett, senior vice-president for Airbus in the UK said, it is critical that wings build in UK plants arrive on time to Airbus’s final assembly line in France and Germany because Airbus maintains a just-in-time delivery system. She added in a BBC interview, a three-hour wait on a lorry at Dover “would be a critically bad issue for Airbus”, because that would delay cargo flights carrying wings.
According to Bennett, Airbus spends about £5bn each year on the UK supply chain. Unconfirmed reports says that, if the UK operations are going to costly, Airbus might leave UK and that would affect more than 3000 jobs..