We’ve been told, among other Remoaner lies, that leaving the European Union would mean Airbus abandoning their manufacturing in this country. Even, that the moment we have the temerity to leave then all those engineers at Filton, in Wales (look, it’s in Wales, who cares where?) will be abandoned to the dole queue as Johnny Foreigner legs it.
This isn’t, of course, what is going to happen. For the rather simple reason that Britain – or plants in Britain perhaps – make the wings for Airbus planes and as these things work out planes without wings aren’t regarded as hugely useful.
Airbus has “no reason” to quit Britain in the event of a bad Brexit deal, according to the plane-maker’s boss.
Guillaume Faury, chief executive of pan-European aerospace business which makes its airliners’ wings at its plant in Broughton, North Wales, said there is a “short-term risk [that] no deal would cause a lot of disruption”.
However, he added: “We have a very strong base in the UK and we are very happy with this industrial base. We have no reason to move production out of the UK. It would be difficult anyway, these are huge industrial systems – you can’t just move them.”
It’s akin to those threats that Europeans will no longer use the City after Brexit. Oh yeah? Where they going to get their money from then?
Underneath the lying from the Remain camp is that basic misunderstanding of the economic world. The insistence is that we’re lucky to be able to produce for these people. Failing to note that the very reason they buy our stuff is because it benefits them to buy our stuff. That benefit doesn’t disappear just because we change which set of bureaucrats rule us.
Why would foreigners stop buying our bits and bobs – wings, money, bond issues – just because we’ve told Donald Tusk to bugger off?