Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to provide clarity over its Brexit plans to end the damaging uncertainty being caused to businesses in Wolverhampton across the UK. Emma questioned the government in parliament about its plans after Airbus warned that it would review its future in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU next year without a deal.

Airbus, which makes aeroplanes, supports over 110,000 jobs in its wider supply chain, including many in Wolverhampton.

Emma said, “More than two years after the referendum, the government still has no agreed policy about what future relationship it wants with the EU. There is a real risk that the UK will crash out next year without a deal. This would be hugely damaging for Wolverhampton’s economy and local people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“Businesses have real concerns about the uncertainty and disruption that this will cause. I share their concerns. That is why I questioned the government about this in the House of Commons. I asked what assessment the government has made of leaving the customs union and European single market on jobs and investment.

“If Airbus do decide to reduce their presence in the UK, this would have serious consequences for the aerospace sector in Wolverhampton, where a number of companies are major Airbus suppliers. If it pulls out other large companies might do the same. Therefore I urge the government to provide the clarity that businesses need, so that companies such as Airbus can continue to invest in the UK with confidence.”

June 2018