Tony Walker, deputy managing director of Toyota Manufacturing UK, says jobs are safe at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, despite Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Moving to reassure staff, after an analyst in Japan had claimed there was a strong chance the manufacturer would pull out of the UK, Mr. Walker said jobs at the Burnaston plant were safe for “many years to come”.
He said, “we want to emphasise that we’re here to do business – and its business as usual. The EU referendum did not produce the result we, or the wider automotive industry, had hoped for. But we have faced many challenges in the past and overcome them, so no matter the challenges of the future, we are sure we can be successful”.
Toyota, which also has an engine making plant at Deeside, North Wales, exports 75% of the cars it makes at Burnaston to EU countries. 4,000 people are employed by Toyota at the plants, where 170,000 cars a year are manufactured.
Following the vote to leave the EU on the 23rd June, the UK has come under pressure to trigger the process of its departure from the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. But Mr. Walker said Toyota was impartial on the matter saying, "taking months to invoke it means we're in the EU for longer. But it also means the uncertainty goes on for longer. There's pros and cons of both."
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