Airbus UK President Paul Kahn said that Britain and British businesses would be better off if the country remained in the EU
Airbus workers at Broughton
The head of Airbus in the UK has joined the calls from other business people for Britain to stay in the European Union.
Airbus UK President Paul Kahn said that Britain and British businesses would be better off if the country remained in the EU.
He said: “The success of Airbus Group’s operations in the UK, which depend on European industrial organisation and integration, are a clear demonstration of the economic benefit the UK receives from EU membership.
“If the UK exits the EU, there are likely to be significant changes to the regulatory and economic environment with subsequent impacts on our competitiveness.
“Though Airbus Group remains fully committed to its operations in the UK and to its employees here, we certainly hope the UK will choose to retain its EU membership which will help to ensure the continued long-term success of Airbus Group’s European industrial model.”
European company employs 6,000 in Wales
Airbus is a European company in which the French and German governments have minority stakes. It employs more than 6,000 people in Wales, at its wing making plant in Broughton and at a smaller facility in Newport.
Airbus UK chief executive Paul Kahn
Mr Kahn made his comments during a visit to Airbus’ Filton plant by Will Straw, executive director of pro-EU campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe.
Mr Straw said: “As Mr Kahn’s comments demonstrate, our economy is stronger and people are better off in Europe than we would be out on our own.
“Millions of jobs are linked to our exports with Europe, and great companies like Airbus need the UK to be in the EU – with zero tariffs and common standards – so they can be as competitive as possible.
“‘Leave’ campaigners have no idea what the terms of our trade with Europe would be if we left. Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe, and leaving would be a leap into the dark.”
Britain Stronger In Europe is carrying out a regional jobs tour which aims to highlight the jobs supported and created around the country by Britain being in Europe.