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Airbus CEO warns of 'harmful decisions' for UK jobs in a no-deal Brexit
Airbus warned on Thursday (January 24) it could shift future wing-building out of Britain in the absence of a smooth exit from the European Union, predicting "very harmful decisions" for its British operations in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit. In a direct appeal to Britain's divided parliament to avoid such an outcome, Chief Executive Tom Enders acknowledged there would be no immediate change in its industrial presence, but issued his sharpest warning yet that future jobs are at risk. The world's second-largest aerospace group employs 14,000 people in Britain, with around another 110,000 people working in jobs supported by Airbus' UK programmes. Critics of previous warnings by Airbus have cast doubt on whether the France-based group would move significant operations out of Britain, arguing its Broughton site is an efficient factory and that the case for staying is buoyed by a weak sterling. German-born Enders insisted Airbus was not bluffing, adopting a more partisan tone than in previous statements.