CEA expresses concerns over Brexit 'brinkmanship'

The UK Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has expressed industry concerns about the brinksmanship involved in EU-UK discussions for a free trade agreement as matters go beyond the “11th hour”.
Ancillary Equipment / October 20, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
 CEA chief executive Rob Oliver
CEA chief executive Rob Oliver

The association added that an Australia-style deal that the UK government is prepared to accept is a synonym for a “no-deal”, with the UK moving to WTO terms from January 1 next year. The CEA said this would confirm an arms’ length relationship between the UK and the EU, and that both the automotive and agricultural sectors would be hard hit by tariffs with this arrangement.

The CEA said that, among its many concerns, is that instability in these sectors may put pressure on shared supply chains for manufacturers.

CEA chief executive Rob Oliver commented: “We continue to stress to government that the well-being of UK construction equipment manufacturing is linked with that of manufacturing as a whole. Tier 1 suppliers and below often supply to the car and agricultural machinery sectors – and even the aerospace industry.

"When one sector is in trouble it can cause a ripple effect. With the diminishing prospect of the free trade agreement, we were promised then the rationale for investing in UK manufacturing comes under pressure. With the continuing spectre of Covid-19 still affecting all businesses, we are coming to a watershed moment for our industry."   

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