Airbus boss Guillaume Faury quipped the fact MPs in the House of Commons today backed Boris Johnson seeing the Brexit bill officially passed made his plan all the more “certain”. He said: “While global uncertainty won’t end with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Brexit is, at least, now for certain.” Mr Faury added: “But the nature of the future relationship between the UK and EU is still to be determined.
“Airbus is committed to the UK and to working with the new government on an ambitious industrial strategy.
“We see great potential to improve and expand our operations in the UK this year.”
Mr Faury took up his post in April last year, and took over from Tom Enders, whose position on Brexit was a stark comparison to the new chief executive’s.
Mr Enders said Britain’s decision to leave the EU would spark “potentially very harmful decisions for the UK”.
Last year in May, Mr Faury delighted Brexiteers by changing the company’s stance on Brexit when he took on the post.
Mr Faury was quoted by news website Euractiv as saying the UK “is part of Airbus” as he appeared to hint he wants the company to remain in the UK regardless of how negotiations pan out.
His predecessor threatened to pull the business out of the UK when the referendum result was announced.
Airbus employs around 13,500 people in Britain, including 6,000 at its site in Broughton, Flintshire.
Meanwhile, nearly four years after the public went to the ballot boxes in the EU referendum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally delivered it.
Brexiteers around the country rejoiced as Parliament finally voted to deliver Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill for the UK to leave the European Union.
MPs voted 330 to 231 to proceed with the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and finally deliver Brexit for the UK in an historic moment.
The government’s Brexit bill passed its first hurdle in Parliament after the Conservatives won a majority in the December general election.
The Brexit date – when the UK leaves the EU – is currently set for January 31, 2020.
Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay said in a speech to Parliament before the vote: “This bill was secure our departure from the European Union with a deal that gives certainty to businesses.
“It protects the rights of our citizens and ensures that we regain control of our money, our borders, our laws and our trade policy.
“Once this bill has been passed, and the withdrawal agreement ratified, we will proceed swiftly to the completion of a free trade deal with the EU by the end of December 2020.
“As laid out in our manifesto, bringing the supremacy of EU law to an end and restoring permanently the sovereignty of this place.”
The bill will now pass over to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week.
If peers choose to amend it will it come back before MPs.
The bill covers “divorce” payments to the EU, citizens’ rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period.
SNP MP Ian Blackford made a point of order immediately following the result and delivered a speech to Parliament predictably demanding a second Scottish independence referendum.
He said: “We will not accept being taken out of the European Union.
“I say to the Prime Minister: respect democracy and respect the election result.
“Respect the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future. We will have our referendum.”
Airbus boss Guillaume Faury quipped the fact MPs in the House of Commons today backed Boris Johnson seeing the Brexit bill officially passed made his plan all the more “certain”. He said: “While global uncertainty won’t end with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Brexit is, at least, now for certain.”