UK car industry needs duty-free access to Europe, warns the RMI chief

The car industry is the future of health is in danger, until duty-free access to the European Union is secured, Peter Johnson, chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has warned.

Highlighting the impact of no agreement, the following Brexit, Johnson said: “The UK automotive industry is a global market leader and the future state and success of the industry could be at risk if a commercial business is not secured customs to allow free access to the European internal market, according to our vote leave the EU.

“It is now important that the government have a clear negotiating position is also involved with the breakdown, to ensure that our industry has what it needs to secure its future success.”

The RMI companies, the motor industry service and support to motorists in the whole of the UK. Its mission is to lobby for “higher standards of service for the benefit of consumers and the industry as a whole”.

Johnson added: “It is important that the government promotes both the economy and the confidence of the consumer and allows investments to be made in order for the retail automotive industry to progress and thrive in a stable environment.”

His words reflect those of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chairman Mike Hawes, has repeatedly to the government for the creation of stable conditions, during a transitional period, during Brexit plans are negotiated.

UK car sales fell in September for the first time in six years with industry leaders to blame economic and political uncertainty, as well as the confusion about the future of the air quality plans.