Responding to the Airbus announcement that it could leave the UK if the country exits the single market and customs union without a transition deal, John Longworth, Co-Chair of Leave Means Leave said: 

“The latest scare story from Airbus screams of more Project Fear.

“The French-run Airbus is a classic multi-national business that clearly doesn’t care about the UK as we embark on a new post-Brexit future, because it is intrinsically wrapped up in the EU and trying to undermine the UK Government’s negotiating position.

“Airbus are claiming that they might relocate out of the UK because of uncertainty, but if we leave the customs union nothing will change as tariffs on aeronautical products are zero. They are also claiming that they may move production to countries outside the EU, which clearly can have nothing to do with Brexit! 

“The best way to ensure certainty is to declare for WTO terms now and prepare to leave the EU in March 2019, an outcome companies like Airbus are fervently seeking to frustrate.

“No doubt we will see more of these scare stories over the coming months as multi-nationals seek to undermine the democratic decision of the British people in order to protect their own narrow, vested interests.”