More than 25,000 Bristolians work in manufacturing industries and the Government needs to act now to remove the uncertainty they are facing as a result of Brexit. We cannot risk tariffs being placed on goods going to, or coming from, the EU, the world’s largest trading bloc and the biggest buyer of British goods and services.
It is vital that these manufacturing jobs, and the communities which depend on them, are safeguarded – and I told the Business Secretary as much in Parliament this week, during an Urgent Question on the future of Vauxhall Motors.
Recent research by Centre for Cities found that two-thirds of Bristol’s exports – including goods manufactured in the industrial parks across Bristol and in the northern fringe of the city, which travel through Avonmouth and Portbury every day – go to the EU. In fact, four of the top five cities which are most dependent on the EU buying exports are in either the South West or South Wales.