Following today's announcement that General Motors is selling off its Vauxhall brand to the PSA Group, Bedfordshire MEP Alex Mayer has warned that the Government's hard Brexit plan is hazardous for jobs.
Ms Mayer said: "It is becoming clear the Tory 'hard Brexit' is a hazardous Brexit putting at risk a 100 year-old Luton business and 1,500 local jobs.
"The lie that you can go it alone is exposed when you know that 66% of Vivaro vans are sold for export and 60 percent of the vehicle’s parts are made outside Britain."
The crisis at Vauxhall has been brewing since October when the US car giant took a $400m hit as the value of the pound slumped following the Brexit vote. Back in the autumn GM said it would 'take whatever action is necessary'.
Ms Mayer continued: "But instead of listening, the Prime Minister has threatened to crash Britain out of the Single Market.
Hardworking Vauxhall staff, at Luton's state of art factory, deserve better than this.
Theresa May needs to stop kowtowing to the zealous hard right Brexiteers who put ideology before jobs. People in Luton, urgently need to hear from the government that they will fight every step of the way to retain access to the vital single market upon which local jobs depend."