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Airbus CEO warns it could move in event of no-deal Brexit

Airbus has launched the C Series jet renaming it the A220. Pic Ryan McAleer Belfast Telegraph Business Correspondent in Toulouse Airbus has launched the C Series jet renaming it the A220. Pic Ryan McAleer Belfast Telegraph Business Correspondent in Toulouse
Patty Aguilar | 25 January, 2019, 21:29

An article on the Sky News website says Airbus executive senior vice president Katherine Bennett "exclusively revealed" the company has been "recruited by the United Kingdom government in a bid to stave off exiting from the European Union without a deal." . It employs more than 6,000 people with many thousands more employed indirectly. Another 110,000 work in jobs supported by Airbus programs. It ramps up pressure on Theresa May, the British prime minister caught in the crossfire between pro-EU members of her Conservative Party who are seeking to force her to postpone the March 29 Brexit deadline, and staunch eurosceptics who are threatening to bring down her government if she does.

Opponents of the backstop don't believe assurances that it will be be a temporary measure used as a last resort if no future trade deal is agreed with the EU.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is also working to secure a deal to ensure a smooth departure from the European Union, her spokesman said Thursday.

"That's one of the reasons why Plaid Cymru successfully put forward a motion in the Assembly last week arguing for No Deal to be ruled out".

"Today he paints a doomsday scenario of a return of soldiers to the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit", she said. "And make no mistake there are plenty of countries out there who would love to build the wings for Airbus aircraft".

Enders said a disorderly split would cause Airbus to redirect future investment and mean it could not guarantee that its existing factories would remain in place like Wales and Bristol.

No 10 said they were "not there yet" with a new backstop proposal to take to Brussels.

Warnings from businesses have increased in recent days.

May has been holding talks with government and opposition politicians, business representatives and trade union leaders.

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European Union leaders say they will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.

Britain is due to leave the European Union in 64 days, and with Prime Minister Theresa May failing to win support for her negotiated deal, companies are increasingly anxious about the possibility of a chaotic Brexit.

He added: "We need to see more of this kind of spirit in the negotiations". They also plan to vote on opposing deals, including efforts by groups of legislators to delay Britain's exit and to prevent a "no-deal" Brexit from even happening.

This was secured in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was signed by both the Irish and British governments, as well as political parties in Northern Ireland.

With just 64 days to the UK's default departure from the union, the worldwide trade secretary flagged talks with counterparts from South Korea, Canada, Israel and Colombia for his trip to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

He stated: "It is a disgrace that, more than two years after the result of the 2016 referendum, businesses are still unable to plan properly for the future".

"But we still have no idea what is really going on here", he said. Ashley Thompson adapted it for VOA Learning English.

The Associated Press reported this story. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

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