Government reassures European Union citizens over right to remain

If Britain crashes out of the European Union next year without a transition deal in place, Airbus (EADSF) says the outcome would be "catastrophic", throwing its production into chaos and threatening its future in the country.

Williams admitted that "in any scenario, Brexit has severe negative consequences for the United Kingdom aerospace industry and Airbus in particular".

In its Brexit "risk assessment" published on Thursday, Airbus said if the United Kingdom left the EU next year without a deal - meaning it left both the single market and customs union immediately and without any agreed transition - it would "lead to severe disruption and interruption of United Kingdom production".

Airbus says a no deal scenario would force it to reconsider its investments in the United Kingdom, and its long-term footprint in the country, severely undermining United Kingdom efforts to keep a competitive and innovative aerospace industry, developing high value jobs and competences.

During a briefing to MEPs, the EU's most senior civil servant Martin Selmayr told members of the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group that the EU's visa policy would have to change to include Britain on either the "visa-required" or "visa-free" list.

It says it supports more than 110,000 jobs among 4,000 suppliers in the United Kingdom, with parts crossing the Channel "multiple times".

Particularly in the case of manufacturing sectors, which in Wales are so important in providing high-paid, high-skilled jobs.

And shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: "If proof was needed that the PM's Brexit red lines need to be abandoned (and fast), this is it". The prospect of losing so many jobs has sparked widespread alarm.

'Without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our United Kingdom operations could be significant.

"The enormous Airbus factory in north Wales is one of the jewels in the crown of United Kingdom manufacturing", said former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, the Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire. If this news isn't a wake up call to the Government, then I'm afraid nothing will be.

A string of airlines, banks and other corporate household names have already activated their contingency plans to move jobs or restructure because of Brexit.

"Given the good progress that we are continuing to make in the negotiations we do not expect a no-deal scenario to arise". Its stark warnings of the uncertainty facing the aerospace industry can not be dismissed by ministers and "hard Brexiteers".

"Theresa May and her Government need to provide Brexit certainty if the United Kingdom is to remain at the cutting edge of innovation and a world leader in aerospace".

Of the people who supported a second referendum, 35% voted Leave and 66% voted Remain.

"The UK makes a vital contribution to the success of the European aerospace industry and it is in no one's interest to disrupt the sector's cross-border supply chain".

"Workers will be increasingly anxious about their jobs and their future".

In Wales, where Airbus supports around 11,700 jobs, the devolved government run by the United Kingdom opposition Labour party said its report was "extremely worrying".

Eloise Todd of the Best for Britain campaign said: "MPs from all parties risk being two years out of date".

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