BMW Threatens To Pull MINI Out Of UK

Tue 5th Mar 2019

The continued Brexit inducing meltdown of the UK motor industry shows no sign of stopping, with one of the icons of British motoring, the Mini, under threat of leaving these shores.

Almost every major motoring manufacturer with production facilities in the UK has announced some sort of closure or slowdown related to the UK’s exit from the European Union, but the news of the iconic Mini brand will shake the industry and beyond.

A major executive at BMW told Sky News that moving MINI away from Oxford’s Cowley plant was a consideration as the additional tariffs under a no-deal Brexit could be a huge burden to the Mini brand.

Peter Schwarzenbauer hinted that engine production could transfer to Austria from the UK, but an official statement was more considered.

"As a major employer, exporter and investor, the BMW Group remains committed to the UK. With four plants producing vehicles, components and pressed parts for all three of our automotive brands, the UK also plays an important role in the BMW Group’s production network.

"Until we have clarity on the UK / EU trading relationship from April onwards, as a responsible employer we must continue to plan for the worst-case scenario, which is what a no-deal Brexit would represent.

"Our production system is designed to be highly flexible, so that we can respond quickly to changing market demand. This is especially important in a volatile, fast-changing environment.

"We are currently going to great lengths to prepare our production network for the impact of Brexit. The aim is to ensure, as far as possible, that the locations concerned can continue production after Brexit without unnecessary disruption. This process requires considerable effort on our part."