While Theresa May’s robot-dancing has occupied most of our newsfeeds this week, the seriousness of Brexit should not be overlooked. This week, we were brought back to stark reality, with British carmakers, Rolls Royce, announcing that they will shut their UK factory for an extra week this year. In a plea to avoid the logistical chaos of building cars post-Brexit, Rolls Royce will cease production around the time Britain is set to officially leave the EU, March 2019.
According to sources, the Rolls Royce Goodwood plant will be completely shut for two weeks after Britain has left. This will allow the brand to respond in the best way to protect them, their brand and its many employees. The Oxford Mini Factory will also shut up shop for the two weeks, giving them breathing space to rethink their supply chain. With both brands relying on trade from other EU countries, a no-Deal Brexit could be rather harmful.
Rolls-Royce stated the following:
‘While we believe that a hard and possibly disruptive Brexit is unlikely, as a responsible company we need to plan for the most challenging potential outcome. Our decisions have to be made in the best interest of our business, our workforce and our customers at the appropriate time, based on the best information available.’
But according to officials, this is not the only reason for the early summer shutdown.
‘The shutdown is scheduled to allow essential maintenance and rebalancing to take place during the first full production year for Cullinan. The timing has also been planned to coincide with the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March 2019, as a mitigation measure for any resulting supply chain interruptions.’
Though a British brand, there is a whole network of countries involved in producing just one Rolls Royce vehicle.
Let us know what you think. Are we in store for a No-Deal Brexit? If so, how can Rolls Royce and the likes ride the wave?