Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan has warned the feared job losses at Airbus will be the first of many in Wales as other big employers prepare for Brexit.
His warning follows an announcement from Airbus COO Tom Williams who said thousands of Welsh jobs are at risk at Airbus and suppliers in North Wales as the company prepares for a hard Brexit or worse, a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Vaughan said: “Airbus have given repeated warnings it would reconsider its presence in the UK due to Brexit and this should be a wakeup call for workers, trade unions and politicians. As Airbus makes clear, there is no good scenario outside the EU.
“Lots of big employers in Wales have voiced concerns including Ford, Tata Steel and Toyota. Also Vauxhall, which employs many Welsh people in is Cheshire plant.
“The Tory government is playing havoc with people’s livelihoods. It’s not just the thousands of jobs at these plants that will go, it’s also all the jobs in the supply chain. Thousands more lorry drivers, hospitality workers, local business owners and services depend on these factories to survive.
“The Leave campaign lied to voters, telling them they could reap the benefits of EU membership without respecting any of the rules and obligations.
“But the reality is becoming clearer as time passes. The pound has collapsed increasing inflation, the UK has gone from being the fastest growing to the slowest growing economy in Europe and we stand to lose our manufacturing bases.
“That’s why I support a public vote on the final deal.”