RMI Chairman Peter Johnson has branded the current situation over Brexit as ‘unacceptable’ in a speech.
Speaking at the RMI’s Annual Dinner held on October 10, Johnson said: “Last year I stood here and said: ‘Get a deal done and do it quickly before the current uncertainty causes even more damage to inward investment’. That I am standing here with the same message this year is unacceptable, for both our industry and for the country”.
“It is vital that the government agrees a Brexit deal with the EU. If it cannot, then prices will rise as a result of the import tariffs that will be paid on vehicles and parts. It is in everyone’s interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs” he said.
Johnson also spoke about the trend towards electrification and took a swipe at those in power guilty of ‘trashing the reputation and capability of diesel cars’ and called on the new Transport Secretary ‘to help us present to the public the facts in making the right choices, not just for our needs, but also for the needs of the environment’.