Carmaker Ford, which employs 13,000 in the UK, is urging the government to avoid a no-deal Brexit so that the tariff regime unveiled earlier does not need to be implemented.
“It is very disappointing that the UK government should unveil its planned automotive tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit without any prior consultation with the industry," Ford said.
"These tariffs would deal a devastating blow to much of the complex and integrated automotive industry, and would damage the competitiveness of Ford’s engine manufacturing in the UK.
"This is why it is imperative that a no-deal, hard Brexit is ruled out as soon as possible to avoid the imposition of such a draconian tariff regime on a large part of the UK auto industry.
"We sincerely hope that political differences will now be set aside, and that politicians will work together to avoid the country leaving the EU without a deal on March 29. Any deal must guarantee the principles of tariff free and frictionless trade.”