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NFDA has been in constant dialogue with the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and provided them, on different occasions, with the evidence they needed about the automotive industry. Given our continuous communication since the EU referendum, it is disappointing to see that the Government has not taken the views of the industry into consideration and there are no Brexit impact assessments.
On Wednesday, Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for DExEU, said during the Brexit Select Committee that Brexit impact assessments for different sectors of the UK economy “don’t exist”. Davis added that the Government is looking at an “overarching comprehensive trade deal” and, therefore, the usefulness of an impact assessment is “near zero”.
NFDA Director, Sue Robinson, said: “The NFDA is concerned that the government has not yet conducted impact assessments on the effect of Brexit on different sectors, which would include the automotive retail sector.
The NFDA has already contributed to the government’s evidence gathering process and continues to do so. Deferring any impact assessment to a later stage of the negotiations is not prudent given the importance of the automotive retail sector to the UK economy. Government needs to understand the implications of different Brexit scenarios on key sectors now, before the UK adopts a negotiating position that favours one outcome over another.
The NFDA reaffirms its commitment to work with government to ensure that the implications of different Brexit scenarios on automotive retail are fully understood and urges the government to accelerate any timetable for evidence-based analysis that it is carrying out in respect of the automotive sector as an absolute priority.”