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TOULOUSE: January 24, 2019. Airbus CEO Ton Enders has appealed to Britain to ignore “the Brexiteers’ madness” that assumes Airbus won’t move to other countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “They are wrong,” he declared.

He warned the British government not to make the mistake of thinking the manufacturer couldn’t, or wouldn’t, move: “There are plenty of countries out there that would love to build the wings for Airbus aircraft,” he declared.

Tom Enders Airbus CEO“In the global economy, the UK no longer has the capability to go it alone. Major aerospace projects are multi-national affairs. 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. We still have no idea what is really going on here," he said.

“As we prepare to celebrate Airbus’ 50th anniversary we at Airbus look back fondly on everything we have achieved with our magnificent UK workforce…But we are not dependent on the UK for our future. Airbus will survive and thrive whatever the outcome.”

Challenging prime minister Theresa May’s sclerotic government Enders (pictured) continued: “The question is, does the UK wish to be part of that future success? If you are really sure that Brexit is best for Britain, come together and deliver a pragmatic withdrawal agreement that allows for an orderly Brexit.”

In June last year, Airbus published a risk assessment in the event of a no-deal Brexit and warned Britain it was putting at risk the jobs of over 120,000 skilled aerospace workers and £6 billion in annual Airbus revenue.

Commenting at the time, Airbus Commercial Aircraft COO Tom Williams said: “Put simply, a ‘no-deal’ scenario directly threatens Airbus’ future in the UK” while Enders added the British government had “no clue” about how to leave the EU without harming the UK economy.

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