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Airbus threatens UK departure from Brexit ‘disgrace’ | Business News



The boss of Airbus has warned it could shift wing production from the UK in future in the event of hard Brexit “madness”.

In a company video, Tom Enders said that “potentially very harmful decisions” were ahead of the company without a smooth divorce from the EU.

He has been consistent in his opposition to Brexit from the outset but his comments were seen as his most explicit threat yet that its wing assembly lines would be moved abroad under a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

Airbus said there would be no immediate change in its UK operations – because of the company’s production cycles but it warned the UK’s position “at the forefront of global aviation for more than a century” was clearly threatened.

Airbus employs more than 14,000 staff in the country, with the bulk of the workforce residing at its two biggest sites at Filton and Broughton – the latter where all wing assembly takes place.

The company says its UK operations also support a further 110,000 roles in the wider economy.

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