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Brexit will damage the UK car industry—the question is by how much

Total alignment with EU rules will help minimise the harm

By Rachel Reeves  

A car on an assembly line. Photo: Sarbach/DPA/PA Images

The car industry is one of our great manufacturing success stories and supports thousands of jobs across the UK. We need to be more vigilant than ever about potential risks to this key sector.

One area that presents the automotive industry with an array of challenges is Brexit. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, which I chair, decided to investigate.

Our report—the second of our sector-based Brexit inquires—was published last week. The Committee recognises the potentially different impacts of Brexit on…

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