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Airbus: 'No-deal' Brexit will be 'chaos at the borders'

Airbus: 'No-deal' Brexit will be 'chaos at the borders'

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Airbus has said it is running out patience with the government and a "no-deal" Brexit would mean "chaos at the borders". The company employs 14,000 people at several sites including Bristol, Stevenage, Portsmouth and north Wales, but another 110,000 jobs are also vulnerable at firms supplying the aircraft maker.In one of the most significant interventions by a major manufacturer since the referendum two years ago, it published a "risk assessment" on its website saying it would "reconsider its investments in the UK, and its long-term footprint in the country" if Britain left the single market and customs union without a transition agreement.Speaking to Sky News, the company's senior vice president Katherine Bennett said: "We would see it as chaos at the borders."Our parts mo...
BMW joins Airbus in Brexit warning

BMW joins Airbus in Brexit warning

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The car giant BMW has followed plane-maker Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty.BMW UK boss Ian Robertson says clarity is needed by the end of the summer. BMW makes the Mini and Rolls Royce and employs about 8,000 people in the UK.Earlier, Airbus, which employs 14,000 people in the UK, warned it could leave if the UK exits the single market and customs union with no transition deal.The UK government says it is confident of getting a good deal for industry.The customs union brings together the EU's 28 members in a duty-free area, in which they pay the same rate of duty on non-EU goods.Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out staying in the customs union. The UK is due to lea...
Airbus cutback plans to hit production jobs in UK

Airbus cutback plans to hit production jobs in UK

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Airbus says 3,700 jobs across Europe will be affected by planned production cuts to its A380 and A400M aircraft.The plane-maker confirmed roles were at risk in France, Germany, the UK and Spain following talks with staff and unions and a series of leaks on its intentions.A spokeswoman for the UK business, which largely focuses on wing production for both aircraft at its Broughton and Filton factories, said it was hoped that compulsory redundancies would be completely avoided.The sites collectively employ 10,000 workers but it is understood up to only 450 roles would be affected by the cutbacks, which are due to be implemented from 2020.Airbus said they would either be redeployed or go through "natural attrition".Both the A380 superjumbo and A400M have been enduring tough times for years as...
Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The first delivery of a combat-functional helicopter retrofit for France was announced this week by Airbus Helicopters.The aviation company said the first conversion of a Tiger helicopter from its original HAP version, with combat support capability, to HAD, or multirole combat use, has been delivered to the French military.The French Ministry of Defense has ordered 36 retrofits of its helicopters from HAP to HAD."We are pleased to have achieved this first delivery in accordance with the specifications of our customer," Alexandra Cros, head of governmental affairs France at Airbus Helicopters, said in a press release.The conversion involves more than 100 airframe modifications, and the installation of over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables, the company said.The res...