Airbus Group UK has joined the growing list of major employers who have come out strongly in favour of Britain staying in the EU.
Robin Southwell, President of Airbus Group UK has said that the company’s success depended on “an effective partnership of countries and companies within Europe, which only collectively can deliver the scale required to be globally successful”.
During his speech at a company event tonight in London, he also implied that eurosceptics must come up with a viable alternative economic model that would not undermine growth and employment in the UK.
Airbus currently employs 17,000 people in the UK, mostly at its plants at Filton near Bristol and Broughton in North Wales, where wings are made for the group’s civil aircraft. In total, the company estimates that around 100,000 jobs are generated in the UK by Airbus wing work, both directly and in the supply chain.
Sir Graham Watson, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West, commented:
“Airbus Group is one of the most successful companies in Europe and has created thousands of highly skilled manufacturing jobs in this country.
“Key to its success has been the ability to trade freely in a single market of over 500 million.
“Liberal Democrats, as the party of In, are determined to defend Britain’s membership of the EU and the massive economic benefits that it brings.
“We cannot let the eurosceptics win the argument and throw our economic recovery away.”
Notes to Editors
Robin Southwell is due to give a speech at an Airbus Group UK reception in London at 19:30 GMT, 21st January 2014
In his speech Mr Southwell will state that Airbus employs 17,000 people in the UK.
The company estimates that around 100,000 jobs are generated in the UK by Airbus wing work, both directly as well as indirectly through an extended supply chain of over 400 companies