Prime Minister backs frictionless European trade for aerospace workers

The Prime Minister has highlighted the importance of frictionless trade with Europe for the 6,000 workers at BAE System’s plant in Warton.

Theresa May acknowledged the situation during a debate on Exiting the EU, after Fylde MP Mark Menzies spoke.

He said: “The Prime Minister has an excellent record of standing up for the interests of Britain’s defence workers, especially the 6,000 Eurofighter workers at Warton in my constituency.

“Will she impress upon our European counterparts the importance of doing a deal, because hundreds of thousands of jobs across Europe are at risk if they do not come to the table with her?”

The Prime Minister responded: “My hon. Friend makes a very important point.

“When we talk about the importance of frictionless trade, often the sector referred to is the automotive sector, but the aerospace industry also has a real interest in it, and we will continue to make the point about the importance of that frictionless trade.”

Mrs May made the comments the day before she was due to fly to Brussels for the latest round of negotiations with the European Union.