Vauxhall chief slams potential EU ‘Brexit’ 0
Vauxhall has entered the political race, and is revving up the stakes.
New Managing Director of Vauxhall Rory Harvey has entered the debate on the EU referendum, reportedly telling journalists at the Geneva Motor Show that Vauxhall have taken a strong stance on the EU talks, and firmly feel that Britain should remain in the EU.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Harvey is quoted as saying: “We [Vauxhall] think it’s the right thing to do in terms of movement of goods and supply of services and people, and we think it’s the right thing in terms of the automotive industry and us as an organisation. We have a position and that position is that we think that now, at the moment, we should stay in the EU.”Harvey added that it would be “interesting to see what happens with the referendum,” yet refused to speculate about whether the company would continue to build cars within the UK if it were to leave the EU.
Vauxhall is General Motor’s fourth biggest market around the world, with 35,000 people under their employment in the UK alone. Their plant in Ellesmere Port, in the North West of England, produces more than 180,000 Astras a year, with 52,000 of these being sold in the UK. This figure is set to increase with the new model, which picked up the award of the 2016 European Car of the Year, as we previously reported on.
Vauxhall are not alone in entering the EU referendum lane, as other automotive companies have been forthcoming in joining the conversation surrounding the debate, with the likes of Ford, Nissan and Daimler (parent company of Mercedes) all voicing their support for the UK to remain a part of the European Union.